He said not only does the procedure remove the cataracts, but it also improves the overall prescription.
“It’s kind of combining cataract surgery with LASIK surgery to give as good of a prescription afterwards as possible,” he said.
He added that cataract surgery has come a long way and used to be tough to go through, but he makes sure his patients know this is an option for them. Whipple conceded that the biggest downside of the procedure is that it’s not covered by insurance.
“I’m proud of the fact, here in Avon, Indiana, you can get as advanced technology as anywhere in the world,” he said. “I tell patients all the time, ‘You can’t go to New York or Chicago or Los Angeles and get anything more technologically advanced than what we offer here.’ Does that mean you have to do it? No, but it’s nice to know it’s available to those that want to do it.”
Strickler said she would definitely recommend the procedure to anyone who needs it.
“I would tell them to do it,” she said. “There’s no question at all. It’s not the least bit debilitating. My eye watered for a while and so I shut the shades in the afternoon and the next day I could have gone to work, I could have done anything. I would just take that opportunity and tell everyone to take advantage of having cataracts (and take advantage of the procedure).”
Whipple added that he would never try to talk someone into a procedure they don’t need.
“If somebody isn’t bothered by their vision, don’t do anything,” he said. “If you’re bothered, why put it off? It’s going to last forever and you might as well take advantage of it sooner rather than later. All of us, hopefully, will live long enough to get cataracts. They’re like grey hairs; they’re a natural aging change. Usually by the late 50s early 60s, everyone has at least the beginnings of cataracts.”
For more information, call the Whipple Eye Center at 272-2020 or visit the website at www.whippleeyecenter.com.