My understanding from those days is that your cataracts do not need
to “ripen” before surgery.
Pam, you’re right. And nagging your ophthamologist by detailing how
inconvenient cataracts are for you, is the answer. Like so many
others have said, it is a routine operation, and the results are
wonderful. A few months later, I started to get the film which often
grows over the back of the new lens (my “silicone implants” –
teehee), but less than 15 minutes with a special laser machine fixes
I have always been very near-sighted – now I’m somewhat less so,
because of the lenses which were implanted. My ophthamologist did
not want to go too far and make me far-sighted, because I’m used to
being near-sighted. Apparently, gauging what “strength” lens to put
into your eye is not a very exact science.
I used to be able to focus on things very close to my eyes – once I
hit menopause (many years before the cataracts), I could no longer do
that. I have tri-focals (this works well for me, but I must use the
large eyeglass frames, not those smaller ones that are in fashion
now; this is fine for me. I always liked the big frames anyway). The
variable, no-line lenses were useless for me. Nothing is really in
focus except in a narrow segment down the middle of the lens.
What I hear of that Lasik-type surgery is that, too often, it works
well for awhile, and then things go wrong. That was my
ophthamologist’s experience on his own eyes.