I come from a family in which blindness is prevalent, so when my vision began to fade, I chose Dr. Jay Patel to preserve my sight, if possible.
On May 9, I had cataract surgery on my left eye in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.
There I learned that the hospital is truly a caring institution: The doctor on duty in emergency, seeing me in my wheelchair, rushed me into emergency. When he leaned I was there for cataract removal, he directed my caretaker, my husband and me to Dr. Patel's surgery.
There I received the best of care. Since I have trouble breathing under optimum conditions I am grateful to the nurse who immediately supplied me with oxygen and to the anesthesiologist who quieted my fears that I might stop breathing while under anesthesia.
Another nurse injected the glucose needle painlessly.
Dr. Patel has done over 8,000 cataract surgeries; I foresaw no problems with the surgery, and it went quickly and painlessly.