For 66-year-old Eddie Lingo, eyesight is paramount. As a cable technician, providing for his family requires safe driving, attention to detail and being able to work under the sun.
When Lingo started experiencing cloudy vision in 2015, he promptly scheduled an eye exam, thinking a new pair of glasses would do the trick. The diagnosis, however, was unexpected – he had cataracts.
According to the National Eye Institute, a cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. It affects vision and is commonly related to aging.
"The average age of cataract patients I see are in their early 60s," said Noel Elgut, M.D., an ophthalmologist with Broward Health Imperial Point. "Symptoms could be experienced earlier and shouldn't be ignored. Early intervention can provide better outcomes."
According to Elgut, early signs of cataracts may include glare disability, difficulty driving at night, seeing halos and difficulty reading small print.
With his livelihood resting on his ability to see, Lingo underwent surgery in his left eye at Broward Health Imperial Point. In 2018, when it was time to correct his right eye, he went back to Broward Health Imperial Point, confident he would receive the same excellent care.
"The way they took care of me was great,"Lingo said. "I have 20/20 vision."
Now he is back at work, traveling and enjoying life.