My first pair of glasses came at age ten. Until then I didn’t know I couldn’t see. But once I could see, I had to see it all, perfectly. That from someone with 20/200 uncorrected vision, and astigmatism. All my ophthalmologists have been happy to ask “Better one or two?” until I came back to 20/20 vision. My biggest problem was finding a nice pair of new frames to go around my new lenses every year or two.
For more than ten years I’ve heard about my little cataracts from any doctor who put a light into my eyes, including the ophthalmologist. Little things. Scarcely a mote, according to the doctors who mentioned it. I know I cannot tell navy blue from hunter green and seldom need sunglasses, and assume that is due to the cataracts. I could have worse problems.
This past year, though, the little buggers gained on me. If I needed to read a road sign accurately and in time to know what it meant, I just dropped my right eye out of service and went with the left. I knew I would be seeing the ophthalmologist in November and I could get that eye sorted out.
Not so fast, the doctor said. There is eye surgery and there is eye surgery. To correct vision a tiny slit of cornea is lifted, a snip here and there to make the lens more perfect, a little astigmatism work, plop the cornea back, done. Ten minutes. With cataract surgery an ultrasound probe goes into the slit to blast the cataract to smithereens so it can be vacuumed out. Then a permanent lens is inserted. No cataract is removed before its time. Dangers outweigh benefits and all that. Not time for mine, yet.
We did go through the better one, better two drill until the doctor was satisfied I could see better through the cataract. Thanks! New glasses next week. Purple with a little bling.
Which brings me to word verification. Nobody likes it. People with cataracts probably like it even less than nobody likes it. Those numbers catch me up three and four times in a row. Maybe bloggers who use word verification could give comment moderation a go. We can wait to see ourselves in print.