Eyes: The Art of Choosing the Right Office
Fortunately, eye themes (as opposed to political) are not infinite, so it may appear that we are always talking about the same thing. On the other hand, though, human memory isn’t unlimited, especially when everyone is being overwhelmed with a lot of useless information. So you have to repeat it. We’re going to feature excerpts from our many conversations with Dr. Arthur Benjamin. I hope that reading these peaceful lines (excluding the fighting spirit needed to combat cataracts, glaucoma, and other enemies of the human race) will offer a respite from the recent political pandemonium.
Let’s talk about the scourge of the elderly – cataracts. I don’t know what prevented the Creator or evolution from making us so that we die in excellent physical shape, singing beautiful songs. Everything grows old, except the spirit – I found this out one gorgeous night when instead of one moon, I counted six. But I decided not to run to the ophthalmologist and instead seek alternative treatment. I read a description of these experimental drops on the internet, which had yielded good results in dogs. Mankind, as I recall, did not come from dogs, but you can’t be too sure… I ordered them and used them religiously. That was my first mistake. My second was just going to a random ophthalmologist around the corner. Why didn’t I know about you then, Dr. Benjamin?
Well, I don’t have an answer for that. Perhaps it’s because you didn’t ask for references, or wanted to save on gas. But to find your way into an office on the first attempt – that’s art.
Even though your office was closer to my house. That’s how it happens – we do something stupid and then pay the price for it years after. And then with the other eye, I again went to a random doctor. Only after that did I come to you, I confess, to repair the damage. Otherwise, I would have needed three pairs of glasses. But anyway… Like the child prodigy I am, I got cataracts at age 46. Is this impossible to stave off? For example, they say that the antioxidants vitamin C and E can prevent the development of cataracts. What do you think?
As a journalist, you’ll appreciate the ambiguity. It may prevent them, but it may not. It may help and it may not. I’ve seen links to data that suggest the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are also antioxidants, can defend against cataracts.
But then they may not, I get it. In other articles, they say that vitamin C reduces the risk of cortical and nuclear cataracts. Results also show that people who take vitamin C and E supplements for more than 10 years can slow the development of nuclear cataracts. 10 years???
I could refer to another. In Europe, they conducted research which showed that the two vitamins you mentioned can lead to a small reduction in the development of cataracts. But you need to remember two things: First of all, the only treatment for cataracts is a medical intervention, where the darkened lens is removed and an artificial intraocular one is installed. Secondly, cure-alls don’t exist, and the slightest defects in vision are hard to miss with cataracts. You don’t need to read popular articles, or drink 100g of carrot juice and forget about it. Just come to our office, which features unique equipment and a massive amount of experience. That’s your wisest choice.
Thanks to that wisdom, I can type a text without glasses.
My patients can then read it without glasses.
About that equipment… What is this shiny instrument?
An aberrometer. As you can tell from the name, it measures distortion. Light passes through the cornea, iris, and lens, before falling onto the retina, where it is reflected. This device has sensors that read this reflection, known as the wavefront. When the light returns, the sensors check for distortion, but objectively rather than subjectively, thus making measurements.
With this device, is anything left to doubt? You don’t have to ask patients about anything?
You always should ask questions, but there aren’t answers for all of them. Exact answers depend on the success of the whole operation. It happens like this: usually, a patient comes in with horrible cataracts, through which light already cannot penetrate. That is, there’s no way to accurately measure all parameters, which we need in order to calculate for the lens.
In this case, the patient does not see anything?
(to be continued)
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