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Post #10: Noticeable Progress! 2.5 Weeks After Surgery - July 11, 2020

My vision in the far and mid-range maybe improved a little during the week up to Friday but if those things did improve, it wasn't by much. Things changed though Friday evening. It seemed that rather suddenly I was seeing things much more focused and sharp in all ranges most of the time. That has carried on to today and I have to say my vision is much better in those ranges than it was say two days ago. 

This is not to say that I'm always seeing things in perfect focus because there are times when I shift my gaze to something off at some distance and it isn't perfectly in focus but it seems like most of the time I look over at something, it is focused and when I then look over at something else much closer or further away, it's in focus and sharp too. This means that my brain is neural adapting to this lens and is learning what part of the signal hitting the retina it needs to look at and which parts of the signal it needs to filter out/ignore whenever I look at something at whatever distance.

When I do get something in focus, I have to say the image is quite sharp and there is excellent detail. This is especially true in the near range. I can see very fine detail when I look at things close up and the detail I see is so sharp and crisp it's literally like looking at a Hi-res image on a very sharp 4K or 8K TV. Being that I'm nearly 59, it's been a long, long time since I was in my teens and twenties when my vision was probably at its best, so I can't really remember what it was like to look through my eyes back then but I don't ever remember being able to see so much fine detail in various things like skin, leaves, flowers, wood grain, etc., like I can now. It's really amazing! I can only imagine how well I'll be able to see when I get the left eye done and I get fully neural-adapted to both lenses. If I keep progressing the way I am, I should have spectacular vision.

One thing that this experience is teaching me is what a wondrous things our brains are. My brain's ability to adapt so quickly to such a radical change in optics within my eye is nothing short of amazing. I know I still have a ways to go but I'm very surprised and pleased with how far I've come in such a short period of time.

One other note: I was in my regular Doctor's office on Thursday. At the end of the hallway where the examination rooms are there is an eye chart. Unfortunately, they didn't have a mark on the floor to tell you where 20 feet (6 m) away from the eye chart was so I just took a guess. I have no way of knowing exactly how far I was away from the chart but I'm pretty sure I was close to being 20 feet away. I started reading the chart and figured out which was the smallest line of text on the chart that I could make out with my right eye. When I walked up to the chart I saw it was the 20/15 line and the line above it that I could easily make out was the 20/20 line! I know that's not a very scientific test because I may not have been all of 20 feet away from the chart but I'm very sure I was over 15 feet away and being able to read the 20/15 line from 15 feet away would technically be 20/20 vision so if I was over 15 feet away and able to read that line, that could mean I may end up with something approaching or even slightly better than 20/20. That would be a spectacular result! I'm going in for my follow-up appointment at my eye doctor's clinic in 4 or 5 days I think so I'll likely get a proper test then and will report back the results.

The bottom line here is that my vision and ability to use this new lens in my eye are definitely improving and indications are that a very satisfying result seems likely and that a terrific result seems possible. Let's hope. 

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