I have another example of a patient whose only problem was that he’s an artist and he starts to find that he’s struggling to differentiate the use of the colours. He then went to his optician. He thought about having laser vision correction to improve his vision, especially as he was getting presbyopic, which is needing glasses to read. The optician suggested coming to see me to consider his options.
When I saw him, I realized that he had an early start of a cataract in his lenses. That means his lens is very yellow in colour as if he’s looking through a yellow filter, so the colours looked washed out. I discussed the options with him, and eventually, he chose to have a cataract operation. Now, following the surgery, he was delighted because suddenly he came to me and he said,
“You know what, this was life-changing. Now I’m back to who I was 20 years ago. I’m enjoying the art again, and I’m looking at those paintings, I appreciate how much I lost for the last ten years.”