Cataract Surgery Now a Done Deal

"Thank you, Dr. Colby Stewart! - Thank you very much!"

Six hours ago I was coming out of day surgery for cataract removal surgery on my right eye. As the above photo shows, I had the left eye done on July 28, 2011, exactly four weeks ago with no problem. With Dr. Stewart’s knowledge, skill, and keen eye, and the Will of God blowing my way, everything went painlessly, quickly, and successfully. The whole time in surgery took no more than ten minutes.

On my left eye procedure in July, I don’t remember a thing because of the anesthesia. This time, for some inexplicable reason, I remained conscious through the whole thing, but still experienced no pain or apprehension. I trust Dr. Colby Stewart.

Making a decision to trust a surgeon with a surgery that pertains to something so vital as “sightedness or blindness” is pretty big. All I could do is research my choices and then follow the path of faith I found in testimonials and walking results. I didn’t have to search long and far. Nearly three years ago, my good friend and personal optometrist, Dr. Sam Quintero, OD,  discovered evidence of my wife Norma’s brain tumor during the process of what we thought was going to be a mere routine eye exam.

At some other doctor’s office, this test and discovery might have been missed, but it wasn’t at Sam’s. The man always goes the extra mile to be thorough and to insist upon the kind of testing that fits in with the age and symptoms presented by his patients. Maybe that’s why Dr. Quintero also holds a full-time position among the senior faculty at the University of Houston School of Optometry.  He is the consummate professional.

At any rate, when I learned that Dr. Quintero had referred his own mother to Dr. Colby Stewart for cataract surgery, that was good enough for me.

Today I’ve been basically sleeping since my son Neal brought me home from the day surgery place at Twelve Oaks Professional Building on the Southwest Freeway, but I’m feeling quite OK. I just need to rest and stay out of the sun’s relentless glare, take my eye drops four times a day, – and then go see Dr. Stewart in the morning for a followup visit.

That’s it.

When Dr. Stewart came dressed in his UT gear and flashed the "hook 'em" sign for our post-surgical photo, he left me no choice but to hit the picture too with my "Cougar Claw."

I had no intentions of writing anything today, but when I awoke this afternoon, I thought, “Why not? Surgery was hours ago and I’m feeling great about it! Time to share the joy and then go back to taking it easy. First I need to directly express my appreciation to Dr. Colby Stewart one more time:

“Thank you! ………….. Thank you very much!”

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17 Responses to “Cataract Surgery Now a Done Deal”

  1. Bill Gilbert Says:


    I’m glad your cataract surgery went well. I had similar surgery 3 years ago with excellent results.

    Bill Gilbert

  2. BECKY WYATT Says:

    Dr Bill – Good job! Bud and I had lens replacement 3 years ago, and our eye sight is wonderful – without glasses!
    Becky and Bud Wyatt

  3. John Watkins Says:

    Glad to hear that all went well, Bill. You were clearly in good hands all the way around!

  4. mike Says:

    Very good news, Bill. That is terrific.

  5. Matthew Miggins Says:


    Great picture!! Glad you had the procedure and everything worked out well. It was good for me to see Colby as well. He was at St. Thomas a year behind me. Tell him I said hi.


    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Hey, Matt, thanks for the info!

      No wonder Colby’s great. He is an Eagle. Just like you and me. I
      just didn’t know it until you told me. And that tells me a lot.

      Regards, Bill

  6. Bob Hulsey Says:

    Congrats on the successful surgery. It should be easier to see what you’re blogging. 😉

  7. Patrick Callahan Says:

    Bill: –
    GREAT news – I may be facing that in the future – we’ll discuss next time I’m in big H………will cover you with “Thanksgiving Prayer” tomorrow morning @ 6:30 Communion Service – St. Luke’s Chapel – Temple, TX (Bell County)…
    “Father of mercy you always answer your people in their trials and their sufferings. We thanks you for your kindness and being always at our side and ask You to free us from all evil; that we may serve you in happiness all of our days. Amen”


  8. Andy and Marilyn Biles Says:

    So happy to hear things went well with your surgery. I know when Andy had his lasix, he was so relieved. You just keep blogging. We are so happy to be back in Houston and would love to see you sometimes in the near future!! God bless you Bill! We love you man.

  9. Darrell Pittman Says:

    Glad to hear it, Bill!

  10. Mike McCroskey Says:


    Glad to “see” all went well. Eye’m happy for you.


  11. bob copus Says:

    Great news Doc. Enjoy your weekend.

  12. Marsha Franty Says:

    Wonderful news, Bill! It’s such a blessing to live where there are skilled, dedicated doctors to care for us. Now if they could just make it rain:-)

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