I am a bit older than you (65). One ophthalmologist I consulted told
me I had “advanced early-age cataracts.” He recommended surgery. I
went to another ophthalmologist for a second opinion. The second
doctor said there was nothing special about having cataracts in one’s
50’s or 60’s. He also recommended surgery. Whatever the cause of
the cataracts, my advice would be to have the surgery as soon as
possible. If one doctor says they are not “ripe” enough, get a
second opinion. If the cataracts are significantly hindering your
eyesight they should be removed.
I didn’t realize I had anything wrong with my eyes (other than
myopia and astigmatism) until I bought one of those little auxiliary
loupes for my OptiVisor. I put the loupe on the right side, expected
to see a nice, close-up view of the piece I was working on, and
immediately discovered that I was totally blind in my right eye. I
switched the loop to the left and was able to get good magnification.
The reason I had not discovered this in using hand-held loupes is
that I am left-eye dominant and just naturally use my left eye. After
I got past the initial shock of blindness, I realized that the most
likely cause was cataracts. I scheduled an exam with my
ophthalmologist. He told me I needed to have the cataract in the
right eye removed. He said nothing about the left eye. The doctor I
consulted for a second opinion told me I actually needed surgery on
both eyes. He was absolutely correct.
I had surgery on the right eye (a 30-minute outpatient procedure) in
early December. The results were astounding. I had no idea that my
color vision had been obstructed by the cataract. Cataracts filter
out certain portions of the visible light spectrum. Things that
looked pastel before now had vibrant colors. Since my left eye had
not yet been operated, I was able to make comparisons by covering
one eye at a time. The left eye still saw pastel colors, while the
right saw the entire, beautiful range of colors. If that were the
only benefit it would have been worth it.
Some of the benefits (I had the left eye done in February) are:
I am no longer blind in my right eye.
I can see colors I had forgotten existed.
I can legally drive without glasses (after 50 years of requiring
I have depth perception that allows me to align small parts under
I can actually see better than any other time in my life, with the
possible exception of early childhood.
Del Pearson of Designs of Eagle Creek in Beautiful South Texas,
where I can now see the colors and find it even more beautiful.