Polly Kolstad
The signs were all there.
I was having difficulty viewing a computer screen, colors appeared dim and faded, and I faced unbearable glare while driving into the early morning sun — all resulting in frequent changes in my glasses prescription. I had developed a cataract in my left eye, affecting the good vision I had enjoyed most of my life.
Cataracts develop when the lens behind the colored iris becomes obscured, brown or yellow. Light is scattered by the lens before it can focus on the retina, and as a result, vision becomes blurry and colors muted.
If untreated, cataracts eventually cause blindness. The good news is that corrective surgery is more advanced than ever before. The old clouded lens is replaced with an intraocular lens during the procedure, which is noninvasive, usually done without sedatives, relatively pain free and is performed in an outpatient facility.
I was scheduled to have the surgery done by Dr. David Boes, an ophthalmologist who has been practicing since 1994. Boes operates in Great Falls and at eight facilities in towns throughout the area. He also takes time twice a year to travel with a team of technicians and nurses to Belize to do volunteer cataract surgery for a week.
Since his residency at the University of Washington…more: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/life/2014/08/11/cataract-surgery-fast-painless-effective/13936855/
Source: Great Falls Tribune