SEARCH: Cataract Surgery, Close to a Miracle

Cataract Surgery, Close to a Miracle
By Larion Wills

During a routine eye examine years ago, my ophthalmologist discovered a small cataract in one eye. At that time it was too small to worry over, but something I did keep in mind when during the last year or so I became aware of a difference in my vision. Things close were clear enough, but everything out at a distance looked smoky, and reading was becoming more and more difficult. Colors were harder to see, especially in traffic lights and on TV, bright lights hurt my eyes, and forget night driving.

If any of those things are bothering you, don’t cross them off as “getting older” and simply accept them. Go to an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist. An optometrist examines your eyes, prescribes and supplies spectacles and contact lenses. An ophthalmologist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

For me, understanding what a cataract is and getting information on the procedures helped to lessen the instinctive fear of knowing someone would be cutting into my eye. A nice clinical description is ‘A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision, the cause of half of the blindness and…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

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