20/20 - Dr Carlin

The oldest recorded incidence of cataracts was documented in a statue unearthed in Egypt from the 5th dynasty (about 2460 B.C.). A statue of a priest exhibited an obvious white pupil in one eye representing a mature cataract.

Richard CarlinWhen is surgery recommended for cataracts?
By Richard Carlin, MD

When Dr. Richard Carlin started practicing 40 years ago, cataracts were removed only after the patient was legally blind, unable to see the big “E” on the eye chart, unable to see to drive, read or watch TV.

Tall tales about cataract surgery
By M. Allison Roensch, MD

Tall Tale: My cataract has to be “ripe” before I can have surgery

Truth: Cataracts do not have to reach a particular maturity level. The right time to inquire about cataract surgery is when you notice problems with your vision. Most people need surgery when the cataract interferes with their vision for work, play and other daily tasks. 

Life after cataract surgery

By Dr. David Carlin

Cataracts have existed for centuries. With state-of-the-art surgical techniques, cataract surgery has become one of the safest and more effective outpatient procedures. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, with an overall success rate of 98% or higher.