After cataract surgery on both eyes, I now have 20-20 distance vision for the first time since first grade. (In second grade I cheated on the school eye exam by memorizing the eye chart while the line snaked close to front wall, but in third grade they’d caught on to my tricks and I was nailed.)
Cataracts, however, cloud eyesight rather than distort it, and are uncorrectable by glasses or contact lenses. But they now have an amazing surgical technique to implant artificial lenses in your eyeballs. This both solves for cataracts and the myopia I’ve had since I started reading.
This used to be a hideous operation. I see from the Wikipedia article about Patrick Bronte, the father of Charlotte (Jane Eyre) and Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights):
In August 1846, Brontë travelled to Manchester, accompanied by Charlotte, to undergo surgery on his eyes. On 28 August he was operated upon, without anaesthetic, to remove cataracts. Surgeons did not yet know how to use stitches to hold the incision in the eye together and as a consequence the patient was required to lie quietly in a darkened room, for weeks after the operation. Charlotte used her time in Manchester to begin writing Jane Eyre, the book which was to make her famous.
In contrast, I was up blogging away the evening after each surgery. A friend points out that your eyeballs are an ideal interface between your inside and outside, so surgery on them, as horrifying as it may sound, is less intrusive than surgery that cuts through your skin.
The downside of my new internal single focus lenses is that while they fix my distance vision remarkably — I can imagine a comedy movie with Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell as middle-aged businessmen whose only failure in life has been in Little League baseball where they couldn’t see well enough to hit pitches or catch flyballs, who decide, after cataract surgery, that they are going Back to Baseball — is that they don’t do anything for my presbytopian far-sightedness.
During my late 50s, my progressive multifocal glasses stopped working for allowing me to read in the 10 inch to 36 inch range. I rectified this by buying a giant 43″ computer monitor that I station about 43″ away. And when reading books, I took off my glasses and held the page about 10″ away.
But my new artificial eye lenses can’t deal with anything closer than about 37″. Unfortunately, I’m not particularly long-armed for my height, wearing a 34/35 sleeve. I feel like if my arms were a few inches longer like Jerry West or Scottie Pippen, I could hold text out at arm’s length and read it fine, but my arms are not quite long enough.
You can get implanted complex multi-focal artificial lenses that allow for perfect vision at all distances … if they work. But when I consulted the top cataract eye surgeon at UCLA, he said he didn’t want to do that because some times they don’t work, and then patients nag him about it.
So I went with simple single focus distance correction implants because I really like seeing landscapes. Coming back on the 405 freeway from UCLA over the Sepulveda Pass with both eyes last week, I was struck by how nice the San Fernando Valley looks. And driving at night has become a pleasure.
Fortunately, simple 2.0 correction reading glasses you can buy cheap at the drug store work fine for reading books. It’s a little annoying having to remember to drag with me both sunglasses and reading glasses, so I figure I’ll probably get progressive multifocal glasses that automatically tint to sunglasses in the sun and wear those all the time. It’s a bit of a drag to wear glasses, but, on the other hand, it’s fantastic to be able to see perfectly, so why complain?
Thanks to everybody who contributed to my being able to see.
I’m carrying on my August fundraiser. Here are ten ways for you to contribute:
First: Most banks now allow fee-free money transfers via Zelle.
Zelle is really a good system: easy to use and the fees are nonexistent.
If you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay/Zelle. Just tell WF SurePay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) Please note, there is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Zelle contributions are not tax deductible.
Second: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay/Zelle (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is also good for large contributions.
Fourth: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual. (Monthly is nice.)
Fifth: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617
I have no idea why somebody carefully hung this empty picture frame from a tree alongside the Fryman Canyon hiking trail, but I appreciate it, like I appreciate your support.
Sixth: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here.
Please don’t forget to click my name at the VDARE site so the money goes to me: first, click on “Earmark your donation,” then click on “Steve Sailer:”
This is not to say that you shouldn’t click on John’s fund too, but, please, make sure there’s a blue dot next to my name.
VDARE has been kiboshed from use of Paypal for being, I dunno, EVIL. But you can give via credit cards, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, check, money order, or stock.
Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.
Seventh: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address (that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)
Eight: You can send me Bitcoin. Bitcoin payments are not tax deductible.
Here’s my Bitcoin address:
Here’s the OCR
Please let me know if this works, ideally by sending me Bitcoin. Or let me know what else you’d like to send me.
If you’re sending to a crypto address that belongs to another Coinbase user who has opted into Instant sends in their privacy settings, you can send your funds instantly to them with no transaction fees. This transaction will not be sent on chain, and is similar to sending to an email address.
Learn more about sending and receiving crypto.
Send off-chain funds
- Tap at the bottom
- Tap Send
- Tap your selected asset and enter the amount of crypto you’d like to send
- Enter the Receiver’s crypto address or scan their crypto QR code to see if the address belongs to a Coinbase user
Sign into Coinbase.com
Click Send at the top right
Click your selected asset and enter the amount of crypto you’d like to send
Enter the Receiver’s crypto address or scan their crypto QR code to see if the address belongs to a Coinbase user
Obsolete: Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. But these don’t work anymore. I will try to fix them. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
▲▼Ninth: I added Square [which is now Block] as a fundraising medium, although I’m vague on how it works. If you want to use Square, send me an email telling me how much to send you an invoice for. Or, if you know an easier way for us to use Square, please let me know.
Tenth: Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/SteveSailer