Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:41 PM


PhotoTivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen at night.Credit April O'Hare

Over the past three years Ive been plagued by one of the common curses of aging: cataracts. During that time my vision gradually deteriorated, as the normally transparent natural lenses of my eyes became increasingly opaque, going from a gentle soft focus, to gauzy, then cloudy, and ultimately downright foggy. This was apparently the result of some unhappy combination of sun exposure, age, a number of potentially insidious environmental and dietary factors, and just plain genetic bad luck. (My mother and two of my brothers also suffered from this condition.)

Every patient experiences the development of cataracts a little differently. For me, the symptoms werent just the inevitable cloudiness and fogginess. They also included a problem with diminished depth perception, which I became aware of one evening when I went to pour my wife a glass of wine and ended up suavely splashing it across the adjacent tablecloth. Even more disturbing, for a period of half a year or so, I had occasional brief episodes of double vision. Naturally I feared these were serious neurological red flags, perhaps indicating small strokes my father and one of my brothers ...

News source: The New York Times

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