Monday, November 12, 2012

Diagnosis: Cataract

So, after various examinations today the ophthalmologist diagnosed me as having an onset of cataract.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Cataracts are usually a result of denaturation of lens protein which causes a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope (lens capsule), varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. The disease is "age-related" in the sense that most people over 70 have it to some degree, but the onset can start as early as in the 30´s or 40´s.

Symptoms include
  • Being sensitive to glare (Yes)
  • Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision (Yes)
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light (Yes)
  • Double vision (Yes)
  • Loss of color intensity (Not that I have noticed yet)
  • Problems seeing shapes against a background or the difference between shades of colors (Not that I have noticed yet)
  • Seeing halos around lights (Not that I have noticed yet)
However, the doctor told me that "my cataract" was not so far gone that I would be considered for surgery - yet. The development of cataract varies, some are faster and some are slower, so at this point we wait and see. The fact that I have only one usable eye is a factor that may merit an earlier operation.

This totally sucks!

6 comments :

  1. It certainly does, buddy! *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
  2. "was not so far gone that I would be considered for surgery - yet. " what a load of bull... demand then to fix it now when its not as bad as it will get. my stepdad did the surgery a few month ago and he says hes never had better vision:) but he did hound them several times a week to get it done;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks guys and hugs! I will wait a little and see how it develops before I start hounding them, which I will if it gets worse - the problem is that the process is so gradual that you often don´t notice until something specific happens.

    With me it was the fact that I tried a security-thingy for my credit card that sent a 6 digit code to my cellphone, I could never get the digits right...

    ReplyDelete
  4. I will say a little prayer for you buddy xoxoxoxox
    Nowdays they work miracles....

    ReplyDelete
  5. :( That doesn't sound to good.
    /me hugs you tight xoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks sweethearts, I am already a bit calmer about it because I have heard testimony about the miraculous improvements that occur once you get the operation all day.

    Even my dad told me yesterday that he had had the operation some 20 years ago, which I had actually forgotten.

    I will just have to start nagging the Swedish healthcare system for an operation and use my one functioning eye as an added incentive for them. If that doesn´t work I could always try private healthcare for an operation sooner.

    Hugs and kisses! Love you all!

    ReplyDelete

If you make any overtly offensive comment or go way off topic your comments may be deleted.

If you see an offensive or spammy comment you think should be deleted, please inform me and I'll be forever grateful and give you my first born (although, you'll probably not want that).