"I discovered while watching television, and they would have verbiage on the screen, and I shut my left eye and with my right eye, the words were fuzzy," said Carl Pellonpaa, host of Finland Calling.
Pellonpaa had a cataract in his right eye. Cataracts are a very common and almost inevitable occurrence in the human eye. Dr. Winkler at Eye Associates of Marquette says if you live long enough, you'll develop cataracts.
"A cataract is a natural clouding of the lens inside the eye. Mostly they affect older people, but they can affect people at any age. I've operated on teenagers to 100 year olds," said Dr. Neil Winkler, eye surgeon at Eye Associates of Marquette.
Pellonpaa had his eye checked out and was referred to Dr. Winkler. Doctors conduct an eye exam and interview. When the cataract is causing functional impairment, like driving a car, then surgery is necessary. For Pellonpaa, it was necessary, and his surgery took place this past April.
"There are no pills, vitamins, or treatments that will reverse or slow down the formation of a cataract. Surgery is the only approach to treating a cataract," Dr. Winkler said.
Cataract surgery takes only about 15 minutes, but it's not taken lightly. It's a delicate procedure on a delicate part of the body. Patients are under conscious sedation for relaxation, and a gel is used to numb the eye.
There are no needles and you can't see the instruments approaching your eye. Pellonpaa described it as more of a light show. After only a few weeks of eye drops and antibiotics, the results of a successful surgery are undeniable.
"The best move I ever made because what you can see now with HD...it's awesome," Pellonpaa said.