Be Cool

There are some things in life that enjoy a brief moment

in the proverbial sun in culture, a passing fad that captures the attention of the public before fading into obscurity.

For example, who now continues to wear the Lance Armstrong “Live Strong” bracelet, and what about Crocs shoes?

Other things however, remain cool for much longer and popular for years

and years, like classic Italian cut suits, fine Cuban cigars, films from the golden age of Hollywood, and the music of Frank Sinatra.

The point is that some things will always be cool because they’re, well, cool, and we wouldn’t be a good magazine about “cool optometry”

if we didn’t talk about one of the conditions that continue to prove fascinating for clinicians ลาวสามัคคี.

This would be cataracts, and it’s cool not just because this artist needed it to fit his introductory lede, but also because it’s one of the oldest recorded medical conditions.

Indeed, the first recorded mention of this common eye complaint is from a statue from the ancient Egyptian Fifth Dynasty (2467-2457 BC), how’s that for a timeless classic?1

 A cataract is the clinical correlation (or coming together) of opacity or light scattering in the eye lens, usually caused

by the presence of high molecular weight protein aggregates or disruption of the lens microarchitecture.

This causes the eye to have a milky, cloudy appearance

and can affect a part of the patient’s lens or its entirety.

As a result, one’s visual acuity becomes diminished, often described as misty in nature, and the affected person may be more easily dazzled by vehicle headlights, while also noting that objects may appear to be less colorful.2

Clouds should stay in the clouds, not in a lens Naturally, this becomes rather inconvenient for the patient who often presents these symptoms during an eye examination at their optometrist.

As a result, optometrists are the first line of defense in the disease and the role that they play in diagnosing patients and recommending further treatment is extremely important.

This is especially the case in more severe cases where a change in lens prescription is not sufficient.

Cataracts can occur at any age, but they are most frequently encountered

in older patients and the risk of contracting them increases exponentially with age.

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