Cataracts inoperable at old age

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Del Shannon, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon Guest

    After my mother's death at 91, I noticed she had glued bright
    orange-red caps
    or used covers on items like containers in which she kept sugar, soap
    pads, etc. Could this be something someone with cataracts would do?
    She had to mark
    the control buttons on her white TV, too. I think she even had a
    difficult time sewing by hand which she enjoyed. I insisted I get her
    a needle threader.
    When I took her to a showing of the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, she
    kept asking,
    "Is this really Elvis, or someone playing him? He looks too young to
    be him."
     
    Del Shannon, Aug 21, 2004
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  2. More likely than not, at 91 she would have had cataracts, senile
    cataracts to be exact. As to why she had labeled items, or questioned
    the Elvis movie, may be other issues unrelated. Difficulty threading a
    needle certainly could have been due to cataracts.

    Dr. Ted Roxan
    http://visionupdate.net/


    On 21 Aug 2004 14:36:09 -0700, (Del Shannon)
    wrote:

    >After my mother's death at 91, I noticed she had glued bright
    >orange-red caps
    > or used covers on items like containers in which she kept sugar, soap
    >pads, etc. Could this be something someone with cataracts would do?
    >She had to mark
    > the control buttons on her white TV, too. I think she even had a
    >difficult time sewing by hand which she enjoyed. I insisted I get her
    >a needle threader.
    > When I took her to a showing of the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, she
    >kept asking,
    > "Is this really Elvis, or someone playing him? He looks too young to
    >be him."
     
    Dr. Jay Stockman, Aug 22, 2004
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  3. Del Shannon

    Dr Judy Guest

    "Del Shannon" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > After my mother's death at 91, I noticed she had glued bright
    > orange-red caps
    > or used covers on items like containers in which she kept sugar, soap
    > pads, etc. Could this be something someone with cataracts would do?
    > She had to mark
    > the control buttons on her white TV, too. I think she even had a
    > difficult time sewing by hand which she enjoyed. I insisted I get her
    > a needle threader.
    > When I took her to a showing of the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, she
    > kept asking,
    > "Is this really Elvis, or someone playing him? He looks too young to
    > be him."


    Unless she had had an eye examination and you can ask the doctor about her
    eyes, you will never know. Cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and
    corneal edema are just a few of the hundreds of eye diseases that cause
    reduced vision. Or maybe her refractive error had changed and she just
    needed new glasses.

    Dr Judy
     
    Dr Judy, Aug 22, 2004
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  4. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon Guest

    Dr. Jay Stockman <> wrote in message news:<>...
    > More likely than not, at 91 she would have had cataracts, senile
    > cataracts to be exact. As to why she had labeled items, or questioned
    > the Elvis movie, may be other issues unrelated. Difficulty threading a
    > needle certainly could have been due to cataracts.
    >
    > Dr. Ted Roxan


    This is what I suspected. But inoperable at her age, yes?
     
    Del Shannon, Aug 24, 2004
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  5. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon Guest

    "Dr Judy" <> wrote in message news:<6c9Wc.40$>...

    >
    > Unless she had had an eye examination and you can ask the doctor about her
    > eyes, you will never know. Cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and
    > corneal edema are just a few of the hundreds of eye diseases that cause
    > reduced vision. Or maybe her refractive error had changed and she just
    > needed new glasses.


    May I say, she was struck by her husband during her 40s and 50s? She
    may have been struck in the head at times. Could this lead to problems
    developing later in life? She lived separate from her husband at least
    two years before he died, in 1975 and lived by herself for the next
    almost 28 years. I stayed with her
    only about a month and a half till I got my own apartment and then
    lived alone.
    I stayed with her a few hours before I left for my home. I guess she
    must have died sometime after that. She claimed to be in pain and was
    lying in bed.
    I underwent an eerie feeling that this might be the last time I would
    see her alive. She was confused-sounding yet she reminded of what I
    had access to do
    if the dark hour were to come. I kissed her on the forehead and asked
    her
    "Honey, what can I do to help you?" She asked for therapeutic
    pain-relieving pads, but when I bought them, it was too
    late..............I never got to give them to her.
     
    Del Shannon, Aug 24, 2004
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  6. Del Shannon

    Dr Judy Guest

    "Del Shannon" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Dr. Jay Stockman <> wrote in message

    news:<>...
    > > More likely than not, at 91 she would have had cataracts, senile
    > > cataracts to be exact. As to why she had labeled items, or questioned
    > > the Elvis movie, may be other issues unrelated. Difficulty threading a
    > > needle certainly could have been due to cataracts.
    > >
    > > Dr. Ted Roxan

    >
    > This is what I suspected. But inoperable at her age, yes?


    Age alone is not an factor. Other major health conditions make surgery
    risky, but as cataract surgery is done with local, not general anaethesia, a
    patient has to be very sick for their health to be a limiting factor. If
    she was told her poor eye vision could not be fixed with surgery, it more
    likely means she had an eye disease other than cataract.

    Dr Judy
     
    Dr Judy, Aug 25, 2004
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  7. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon Guest

    "Al Smith" <> wrote in message news:<>...

    >
    > So, always get a second opinion and be sure to check
    > that the second opinion is truly independent. That may
    > involve driving many tens of miles, perhaps hundreds.


    While this is true, certain medical benefits offered by pension granters
    prefer to resort to limit their choice of what and whose services it will
    copay. Then your choice of physicians may be limited, though your opinion
    shjould be definitely more than one, even from an expert in his field.
     
    Del Shannon, Aug 26, 2004
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  8. Del Shannon

    Del Shannon Guest

    "Dr Judy" <> wrote in message news:<fZ2Xc.2110$>...

    > Age alone is not an factor.


    I never thought it was.

    > Other major health conditions make surgery
    > risky, but as cataract surgery is done with local, not general anaethesia, a
    > patient has to be very sick for their health to be a limiting factor. If
    > she was told her poor eye vision could not be fixed with surgery, it more
    > likely means she had an eye disease other than cataract.


    Ma told me the opthalmalogist she saw informed her he could do
    nothing
    for her. "Honey, I'm sorry, I can do nothing for you" (quoted)

    She did receive blows to the head which may or may not have
    influenced
    the onset of cataracts or vision problems....as I said, her husband
    struck her
    during their marriage. She eventually left the husband, choosing to
    live by herself after living with him 35 years...after his death she
    lived almost 28
    years to the time of her death.
     
    Del Shannon, Aug 27, 2004
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  9. "Al Smith" <> wrote in message news:<>...

    > Get a second, third, fourth, etc opinion, use your head, and be careful.



    Yes, use your head, even if it's full of crap, it's better than the
    crap of others, expecially doctors.
     
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Aug 27, 2004
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