A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Early in the development of age-related cataract the power of the lens may be increased, causing near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss and are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both the eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other.My doctor already told me that within one to two years my left eye will need cataract surgery. I don't care about that right now. I'm hoping for some good vision for at least a little while before the other eye decides to go south. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Posted by Sandee
On February 17th I'm having cataract surgery on my right eye. For many months my vision has gotten cloudier and cloudier. As you can see by the photographs above the difference from normal vision and cataract vision. I can attest to the fact that I'm seeing the world through a cataract. Not fun. My doctor has been waiting for it to get ripe and that has finally happened. This surgery takes just a few minutes (about 10) to complete and when the bandage comes off the next day there will be an immediate improvement. I'm so looking forward to this procedure.
Here's Wikipedia's definition of a cataract: