All right, everybody, I’ll fess up-I’m an ophthalmologist. I retired
last year after 42 years of practicing and teaching cataract surgery
all over the world (well, at least over most of it). I’m also a
longtime metalworker/jeweler, beginning as a sub-teen. I happen to
be well along in the writing of a piece that, I hope, will help all
who are interested to understand their vision and various aids, all
the way from simple readers (a fantastic bargain) to real microscopes
(the incredible solution to many problems).
Linda began this thread, stating that she is quite nearsighted
(myopic). Others have found that simple readers have worked well
because they don’t wear glasses ordinarily. This points up that we
are individuals with a vast range of different characteristics.
Matthew raised another point, when he said, “see an ophthalmologist”.
Most optometrists are very capable at measuring for eyeglasses, but I
don’t know any who are adept at recognizing intermittent angle
closure glaucoma, choroidal cancer, early Fuch’s dystrophy of the
cornea, etc. I have to agree with him, if you are going to take the
time and spend the money on an exam (which we all should do
occasionally) it makes sense to see a real expert, just in case you
have something you don’t know about.
In order to avoid taking the Katrina Prize (cat 5 verbal hurricaine)
away from other deserving posters let me address just a few points:
1, Video microscopy is not here yet and will likely be very
expensive when it arrives. I worked with Cannon on such a project
about 15 years ago, it is getting closer. However optical microscopy
is so easy and very affordable (a comparative term).
Cataract surgery is remarkably safe and most patients feel that
they see better than they can ever remember.
Your individual needs are critical to finding an appropriate
solution. That means understanding your work habits, your basic
visual optics and any limitations, your body size, working posture,
age and presbyopic status (sorry there’s one of those big words), the
list goes on.
Being retired, which just means I now set my own schedule, I’ll be
happy to help any of you; on the list for general questions, off
list for personal circumstances if you wish. Perhaps there will be
some issues raised that will become part of my (tentatively titled)
Microscopy for Jewelers.
My best to all,