2/20/18: If you know Eva, you know she loves her glasses and has multiple pairs for every mood. She's been wearing her specs since she was eleven years old when she had difficulty seeing the chalkboard. Recently, her vision became blurry and she started seeing double - even when wearing glasses. A trip to the eye doctor revealed that Eva was one of those unlucky 40-somethings who have cataracts in both eyes. And the thing about cataracts is, they only get worse over time.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens that affects vision and is generally age-related and found in older people. According to the National Eye Institute, there were about 24.4 million cataract cases in the United States in 2010 and about 50 million are expected by 2050. About 3.6 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, with an overall success rate of 98 percent or higher.
Eva was terrified by the idea of eye surgery but desperate to see clearly again. This month she got cataract surgery at the Vermont Eye Surgery & Laser Center in South Burlington and invites you along for the ride. Meet her surgeon, Dr. Gregory McCormick of Ophthalmic Consultants of Vermont, and learn what a cataract is and what the surgery entails. Join Eva on this optic journey as she regains her sight and gives you an inside peek at this increasingly common procedure.
Music: Rue Mevlana, "Galaxy Eyes," "Galaxy Eyes (Donka Trunk Mix)," "Galaxy Eyes (Pulsar ReMix)"