Day 304: Maintaining and Caring for the Sense of Sight—Cataract Surgery

 Too often I see immigrant workers here in my area with clouded eye-lenses and I often wish that I were wealthy enough to pay for their needed cataract surgeries. I’m sure they are either not insured or underinsured.

Luckily I was adequately insured when both of my eyes needed eye surgery in my mid-seventies.

Here are the normal symptoms of cataracts as listed on MayoClinic.org:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

When needing surgery I visited Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida.  I thought it was a gorgeous enclave of sunny light yellow homes. A year later after cataract surgery when I returned to continue my studies, I discovered it was an enclave of ordinary cream colored homes.

Our increased life expectancy is a factor in the development of cataracts. “As we age, the lenses in our “eyes become less flexible, less transparent and thicker. … Cataracts generally develop in both eyes, but not evenly.” They may ripen unevenly.

Other factors listed by MayoClinic.org are: “diabetes, excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, previous eye injury or surgery, prolonged use of corticosteroid medications, excessive drinking of alcohol.”

Cataract surgery definitely enhanced the quality of my life. I am thankful and feel blessed for this addition to Super-Aging.

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