Cataracts for All if You Live Long Enough ?

Netherlands
September 27, 2007 6:32pm CST
Today I read an article about how the general population continues to live longer, almost everyone will get cataracts in one or both eyes eventually. This is making me worry as I consider the sight one of the MOST important senses that we are blessed with. And I cannot imagine life with bad sight. Are you anguished about it as I am, and would you do everything to prevent cataracts, and would you consider surgery, or? I think I will have the surgery myself if I ever get it. TheFortunes
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Well naturally being a photographer, my eyesight is definitely important to me and I would do everything possible to keep my eyesight. But I sometimes really wonder...Talk about negative suggestions...I say this as I have a neighbor next door who well, is rather a nutcase..LOL...She did study a bit of medicine for awhile..her original intention was to be a physician's aid or something like that...she is also a psuedo nutcase health nut, yet it doesn't seem to do her any good as you never saw a more unhealthy person in your life...LOL...Anyway, at one time, she used to rattle on, of how at this age you get this health problem, at that age you get that...and on and on--now I'm not saying we shouldn't be aware of various health problems as we age, but isn't this some kind of negative mind programing??...to me it is...Like the law of attraction..what you think about you get..so if you firmly believe you're to get a specific health problem at a specific age,then gee, we wonder why we do...What is your thought???
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Oh--must mention!!! My great-grandmother lived to be 98--and she did not have cataracts! Go figure
• Netherlands
28 Sep 07
Hi dear, and thanks for a great reply :) Yeah, it might be negative mind programming too. However I am subscribed to ivillage HEALTH and get often good advice from it :) here is the link to the cataracts article that inspired me to start the discussion: http://cold.health.ivillage.com/newsstories/cataractsurgeryabargaindespiteprice.cfm?nlcid=ht|09-27-2007| As to your grandmother never getting the cataracts. It could be because she never stared for 10_ hours a day in the monitor of a computer, nor did she read 100 books per month :) Or she could have had very good eye genes :) In any case being a writer and a photographer we need our eyes, besides, if I am not able to see the changing clors in the opals I love so much I think I'll die from heart sorrow :) TheFortunes
@Weldom (15)
• China
28 Sep 07
My uncle was 79 and had a cataract in the right eye last year.When he discovered the cataract,he decided on the surgery.Now his sight is very good.Dont worried about it!
• Netherlands
29 Sep 07
Hi Weldom and thank you for answering in this discussion too :) I will stop worrying thanks to so many helpfull replies TheFortunes
@ailema4ever (2668)
• Finland
28 Sep 07
My grandma had cataract and had a surgery. The surgery went fine. Yeah, I know what you mean about losing eyesight. THANKS for bringing this subject up. Today I'm cherishing my eyesight and feeling grateful. ;-D
• Netherlands
29 Sep 07
Hi Ailema4ever and thank you for your responce in this discussion :) Like you - I am also very greateful for my eye sight, and everything given in and on my body that makes me appreciate the beauty surrounding us in our every day life :) TheFortunes
• Australia
28 Sep 07
There's really nothing you can do to prevent cataracts, they are a natural part of aging. Yes, I will have the surgery when I get cataracts. I know one 77 year old and one 85 year old who had the surgery recently and they are both thrilled with the results - they can see better than they ever did before!
• Netherlands
29 Sep 07
Hi Marisawriter, and me too, if needed I'll undergo the surgery but hope not to get it, ever :) TheFortunes
@Bunsdk (242)
• Denmark
28 Sep 07
Nah no surgery for me. I refused it in my knee, and I will if I get cataracts. I probably wouldnt even mind all too much if I had catarcts tbh, because its a part of how life is, and I always embrace that. I know its a bad condition, but I myself learned how to live with a bum knee that prevents me from running... even though Im a sports fanatic. I accept and deal with it, but I dont get any kind of enhancement surgery if I can live without it.
• Netherlands
29 Sep 07
Hi Bunsdk, and thanks for your views, but I dont agree with these at all :) For me life without good eye sight will be worth nothing, and I mean it. And the same goes for being able to walk, while for being able to smell and to taste I wouldn't be so much worried I guess. But everything that could be fixed by surgery I would do in order to make my life better and easier, and worth living :) TheFortunes
@muralimn (534)
• United Arab Emirates
28 Sep 07
I would like to tell you that this is not a thing to worry because medical field is so advanced that the cataract can be treated by laser without any problem. Living longer is a blessing i think if we are perfectly healthy. There are lot of other health concerns when one is aging, so do not worry about this small thing. Enjoy your life and be happy.
• Netherlands
29 Sep 07
Thanks Muralimn, I appreciated your answer, and sharing :) TheFortunes
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
28 Sep 07
Hi thefortunes, I have had cataract surgery on both of my eyes. It is really a simple procedure, and I can see fine now. I was never totally blind, as I decided on the surgery as soon as the cataract was discovered. It isn't anything to worry about. Blessings.
• Netherlands
28 Sep 07
Hi Pose123, thank you for your responce and for telling me that it is simple and nothing to worry about :) Being a worry person it helps :) TheFortunes
@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Surgery, my mom had it, my client had it, I'll have it! I've got "pre-cataracts" so I know I'll be having the surgery.
• Netherlands
28 Sep 07
Hi ElicBxn, and I will opt for it too if I ever need it, thats for sure TheFortunes