Friday, March 10, 2023

So, Now I Have Cataracts


At least 15 years ago I had Lasic surgery with Dr. Andrew Holzman, one of the most respected Lasic practitioners in the country. He transitioned me from nearly blind to 20/15 in both eyes. It was a miracle. Retrogression is very unusual with Lasic. So, it was with a modicum of alarm that I began to notice deteriorating vision just around 2018 or 2019. It was just before COVID.

I had an examination and discovered my vision had devolved to 20/30 in each eye. A year later there was more retrogression. In 2022, it was within 6 months that I could no longer see chalkboard menses or watch television. I called to schedule an appointment before my annual eye exam. But I was told to wait for my regular appointment. 

By the time of my exam, my vision impairment had doubled. I was almost as impaired as I’d been in 2007. What! 

After a few tests with dilation, I was told I had cataracts on both eyes. This explained the halos, poor night vision, blurry Vaseline filtered sight, speedy deterioration. I said I wanted to consult with an ophthalmologist for a surgical consult. And, I was really annoyed! I thought cataracts were for OLD people! That is NOT me!


  1. I went through cataracts during COVID. At least it is a fairly quick procedure. You will forget about the whole thing fast

  2. Welcome to the club. I've been told for years, and I mean 20 or more years, that I have them, but as recently as last summer I was told, yet again, they aren't bad enough to warrant removal (a Medicare thing, probably), but in about two years it will be time. I will be 79. I do experience some of the discomfort you describe, and have the whole time. Aye, yi, yi!

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