Death, Taxes and Cataracts


Well, the aging process, once again is invading my youthfulness. This time it is cataracts and for those who have not experienced the degenerating eye condition, it is nothing to write home about, even if you try in brail.


A cataract starts at any age, but it is more prevalent once you hit 60. Some people can go a lifetime without issues, but alas, I am not one of them. If you live long enough you are guaranteed that you will experience death, taxation and cataracts (not in that order).


I was first told I had issues, about 3 years ago. My vision was blurred in one eye, and I assumed it was my glasses. Having changed prescriptions three times, I came to realize that my optometrist was correct. Finally I decided to venture forth, and meet with an eye surgeon. I researched the field extensively and spoke with a few people, one a retired optometrist and good friend. I decided on the final choice and made an appointment.


The decisions were simple. First I have to decide what type of lenses I wanted. Basic, which is a standard lens, middle, which is a lens contoured to astigmatisms and offering higher contrast, and at the high end of the spectrum, a lens which will eliminate the need to wear reading glasses. So far so good. The choice for me was simple. Middle ground always feels comfortable, and I have no intention of walking around without my glasses. For some unknown reason, bags have developed under my eyes, and the rims hide them well. Thank goodness for small mercies.


Next question was a bit tougher. Do I apply to Ohip or cover the cost myself? Again, a fairly easy decision, as Ohip has an 18 month waiting list and only covers the basics. Time is precious and I was not about to go a year and a half without good eyesight. That was it. All the decisions made.

A slight pressure problem delayed my new eyes by a month and a quick fix, of making two small holes in each eye (with a laser, in case you thought it was a drill), solved that problem. Now I am ready to go.


Coincidentally this column will see the light of day the same day as the surgery on my first eye. Six days later, I get the second one done. I’m told the recovery process is instantaneous, and the surgical process takes less than 20 minutes.


Stay tuned, and I will let you know how it went.

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