Next week, I will be visiting another eye doctor who specializes in cataract surgery. Since I fractured 3 ribs and cannot lie down, and don't know when I will be able to lie down again, there isn't really much point. OK, they will examine me, and I will tell them that it is possible to cure or at least reduce my cataract symptoms without surgery.
Yesterday, I called a researcher who, back in 2000, had developed eye drops that temporarily restored optical clarity to the lens (his work was never followed up by the eye profession).
I said, my upcoming visit would give me a chance to tell them what cataract is - how it happens, and how it could be cured.
He said: "DON'T FIGHT WITH THEM. In this country today, there are no eye doctors who are able to think for themselves. Because of the Health Ministry, they have lost the power to think. So don't fight".
Because of that, I am frankly worried about what will happen when I try to tell them THE TRUTH.
Well, I saw the surgeon - one who has a very high reputation. He said my cataracts were Grade 4, nuclear + PSC mixed, and the lens hardness was +4 on a scale of 0 to 6. He said that if I asked him to remove my cataracts, he would do it, but frankly admitted to me that "cataract surgery does not restore normal vision to what it was before the cataracts", and that patients experience all kinds of trouble post-op, so I should prepare myself for that eventuality. Of course, when you're faced with going blind, you don't have much choice, and many people do have good visual outcomes.
He also said I knew far more about cataracts than he did, although his wife was also an ophthalmologist and a lecturer on the retina and cornea at a university. I asked him to introduce someone doing cataract research, and he echoed my lament that he knew of no-one in this country. Finally, I said I would try to hold out until maybe December, when there may be clinical trials of non-surgical methods.