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For the most part, what someone told you is fairly correct. In actuality, the cornea (or the front, windshield part to the eye), is what is accumulating this greyness in the periphery or edge of it. This is called arcus senilis. It results from the accumulation of lipid and cholesterol in the cornea over many years and therefore is often seen in someone who is over 60 years old. This is usually nothing to worry about unless you see it in one eye and not at all in the other (pretty uncommon).
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would you suggest that I have my eyes checked ? I got new glasses last year ... and was told I have very small
beginnings of cataracts.
I would be willing to bet that this was there at the time of your last exam. However, at your age and with a diagnosis of cataracts, I think it is best that you get examined once a year anyway.
I do. However- the grey has been showing up for the last 5 years ( evenly ) ....... and no one said anything about
cataracts until 6 months ago.
I am the only one of many friends who have noticed this ..... ( I am an artist - so I'm generally more observant.
They are actually unrelated phenomenons. The arcus senilis is so very very common that most eye doctors aren't going to say much about it unless there is something abnormal about it. And you're right...most people aren't observant enough to notice this. Cataracts, however, can start to grow significantly all of the sudden sometimes, but at your age, I would expect at least some level of cataracts to be present.
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It hasn't affected my vision ... except for glare, at night. If I wear slightly tinted lenses, I don't see a glare.
Then if that's the case, then you are likely just fine to wait on doing anything about the cataracts for now. The only reason to have surgery is if they affect your ability to do the things you want or need to do on a daily basis.
Also- how long do I have to wait until I have the cataracts taken care of? 16 months ago I smashed a hip, collected
blood clots and was on coumadin for a year ........ I don't take it, now. Is there a conflict?
No, there is no conflict in somone taking coumadin who needs cataract surgery. You don't even need to stop it to have cataract surgery. At the point that your visual symptoms (glare, difficulty seeing small thing up close and far away, and needing more light to see what you're reading) become bothersome that's when you should consider getting your cataracts out, however soon or far way that may end up being.
I've had several different opions ( friends mostly ) who say I need to be in really bad shape beforehand. Is this true?
I am very nearsighted ..... and only recently unable to read VERY SMALL print, in a low light.
When that starts to bother you, then it is time to consider getting cataract surgery. If it's only something you've just noticed, then I think you're okay to continue observing things.
Close to 70 ... and it's just beginning. I think I'm ok for awhile.
I agree. Do you have any other concerns about this topic that I haven't addressed?
No, thank you. I will see a doctor, soon .... and get more information - because I'd like to continue driving. You've
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been most helpful...... and I appreciate the time. Merry Happy. I'll just relax and not worry about it. I guess hair dye
will restore the richness of the haircolor..... and I wear glasses, anyway - so I'm really the only one who notices the
grey ring around the iris .... or sees light glare, at night.
Thank you, again.
yes that is correct.