Cataract Surgery and Baby Boomers and Cancer Too!

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***I had cataract surgery on my left eye in 2004 at the age of 50 and on the right eye in 2005.***

The reason I went to the doctor and complained was twofold.  First, my vision was noticeably cloudy.  Specifically, colors just were not as bright as they once were.  Second, and more importantly to me, I could not see clearly enough to read or even worse, to find the correct buttons to push on my telephone at work.  As an avid reader and one who read hundreds of pages related to my work each week, I could not let the problem go unattended.  When my eyes were examined, the diagnosis was cataracts.  Much worse on the left side.  I had the surgery on the one eye and my vision improved immensely.   The next year, my vision problems started to return and my doctor advised that it was time to do the other eye.

***The surgery itself was really not too bad.  No real pain and you could get back to nearly your normal routine the next day.  The biggest inconvenience was all the eye drops, both before and after the surgery.***

A few years later, I had a laser procedure to remove what, in lay person’s terms, was a regrowth or leftover from the first cataract.  This procedure was even more simple and helped to resolve problems that I was experiencing with my vision at that point in time.

Now, my cancer and its complications have also interfered with my vision.  It is often blurry and I have double vision most days, especially when I am tired.  I have some prism glasses (the prescription changes often) and I also have some special reading glasses that help  me work on the computer.  It is once again more difficult to read because it is hard for me to hold an image in focus for more than a few seconds.  The reading glasses help but it’s still not the same as in my youth.

***If you are prescribed prisms, keep all the old lenses.  You may need them at a future visit and if you save them, you will save the cost of making new ones.***

Anyway, I understand how baby boomers might be more sensitive to the symptoms than their parents.  Anything that gets in the way is something that this generation is much more likely to actively complain about to his or her physician.  And, more people seem to be getting regular eye exams than in previous generations.

***I recommend that anyone who is experiencing problems with their vision to seek out help when they first notice the symptoms.  Don’t delay because there may be more options the sooner the problem is found.***

Below is a link to an interesting article about the phenomenon of more and more younger people having cataract surgery.

http://www.today.com/health/why-more-boomers-are-getting-cataract-surgery-younger-age-2D11678834?7127959=1

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About mcreyscope

Retired / disabled survivor of Stage IV melanoma and paraneoplastic syndrome.
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