A cataract is a clouding that develops in the crystalline lens of the eye, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity and obstructing the passage of light. Early in the development of age-related cataract, the power of the lens may be increased, causing near-sightedness (myopia), and the gradual yellowing and opacification of the lens may reduce the perception of blue colors. Cataracts typically progress slowly to cause vision loss, and are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other.
Last summer I began to lose vision in both eyes. Soon I was having trouble reading and driving, especially at night. I thought I must have some terrible eye disease. Dr. Chaulk knew I was frightened. He took the time to explain that some cataracts develop slowly, but mine had developed much more quickly. Dr. Chaulk removed my cataracts and now I can not only read again, I’m back on the road, visiting my family in downstate Michigan and Virginia.
Dr. Chaulk removed my husband’s cataracts a few years ago. So when I started seeing distorted colors, I knew who to go to. Dr. Chaulk diagnosed my cataracts, and understood when I wanted to delay the surgery until fall so I could work my garden. After the surgery, my vision improved so much I didn’t need to wear my glasses every day as I had since the 10th grade. Now I’m enjoying the green colors of my garden again.
“After dark, while I was driving, the dashboard lights didn’t seem to be bright enough. My wife said, “Sam, the lights are bright enough. There is something wrong with your eyes”
“I’m almost 78 years old and see as good now that I have had cataract surgery as I did when I was 30. Dr. Chaulk told me that chances are, if I live to be 100, my eyes may be the best part of my body.”
“After cataract surgery, I feel like a kid again. I can jump in the car and take off. I didn’t realize when I had cataracts that I was flying blind. Now, everything is so clear.”
“After cataract surgery in my first eye, I was flabbergasted at the bright colors. It was as if everything got a new paint job… brand new vision. I couldn’t wait to have my second eye done.”
“I was back playing professional music within a week. I’d tell everybody to have cataract surgery. Don’t put up with poor vision because if you could see well when you were 30 or 40, you could see that well again.”
A Message from Dr. Chaulk
Don’t drive out of town on treacherous roads to have your cataract surgery done. Ask your optometrist about Alpine Eye Care in Gaylord, Cheboygan and Grayling. Alpine Eye Care… concerned about your vision and near to you.
To get tested for cataracts, make an appointment with your local Alpine Eye Care office today by using our contact form or simply call 1.877.SEE.2020.