Admin Post I wanted to share something, in hopes that it might help some of my friends here at G-T. Some years ago, I had a bicycle accident which resulted in a minor tear to the retina of one eye, and a minor concussion. Up until that accident, I had been far-sighted and used a +1.75 diopter contact lens in one eye, in order to be able to read without having to carry reading glasses. This approach is called “mono vision” and is a great solution for presbyopia. After the retina repair, I noticed that I no longer needed the contact lens I order to read. I concluded that the retina repair had changed my left eye, so I just went with it and have lived the last four years or so without glasses. Recently, however, I realized that I was having to get quite close to the computer screen at work in order to resolve the characters on the screen. A couple of weeks ago, I misread a MAC address and realized that this situation had to be addressed. I made an appointment with an opthmologist and within minutes he told me that I had cataracts. Here’s the rub, I had always thought of cataracts as clouding one’s vision, but it also causes myopia. My left eye, which had been injured, was considerably worse off than the right, but both have cataracts. Interstimgly, my ever far-sighted right eye was starting to change as well and was actually slightly myopic. A helpful Optometrist prescribed some -2.0 diopter contacts, so my left eye will be more useful up until the surgery. The second I put that contact in, the world seemed a friendlier place. My brain was not having to work so hard to sum the signal coming from each eye and I felt considerably less fatigued as soon as I put in that lens. After the surgery, I’ll be wearing a +1.75 diopter lens for reading, once again. It’s a small price, and I hate wearing reading glasses, so I’ll be sticking with a contact lens solution for the foreseeable future. My Message to All My Guitar Buddies A lot of us here are not so young as we used to be. I’m 64 and very healthy and active. For the most part, I feel as good as I did forty years ago. I’m not planning to go quietly into that darksome night; I’m going to live as full of a life as possible every day of my future. Finding out that I have cataracts did not elicit any negative feelings on my part. I was happy that the problem was on that could be solved simply and with a positive prognosis. The surgery takes 10 minutes and is done under conscious sedation. The incision was described as “ microscopic” and other than a restriction on bending over or lifting more than 10 pounds for about a week, the recovery is very, very fast. I should be back at work the next afternoon. If any of you are suffering a loss of vision, take the time to get a full, dilated, eye exam. If you have any change in the refractive character of your eyes, it could be as simple as a 10 minute operation. With insurance, my out of pocket cost is about $300 per eye. I have a couple of items on my wishlist, a Little Labs Redeye 3D Phantom Direct Box & Re-Amplifier & a Strymon Flint, but these can wait and when I finally do get them, I’ll at least be able to fully appreciate their visual effect. The bad news: Cataracts can sneak up on you. I spoke to a 48 year old coworker that had his removed just a few weeks ago. The good news: After speaking to several people who had the surgery, I have learned that it’s nothing to fear and the results are very good.