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Cataracts can develop at young age

NBC News Channel
July 17, 2017 05:26 PM

Imagine being in your twenties and not being able to get your driver's license because you can't see, even with glasses.

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That was the case for Jonathan Suarez. He was getting ready to get his driver's license but his eyes had other plans.

"I thought my vision was going bad and I was actually at the DMV and they told me that I needed to get new glasses and I went to an eyeglass place and they told me I needed cataract surgery," Suarez said.

It's rare for someone so young to have cataracts, but Suarez is also a type two diabetic, which is the leading cause of the eye condition in someone his age.

"But when you have the cataract, that's the clouding of the eyes' natural lens," said Suarez' doctor.  "We have to get rid of that cloudiness, put a new lens in, and then you'll see better."

Replacing that cloudy lens with an artificial lens is a procedure that takes less than 15 minutes, starting with eye drops, then anesthesia, then a laser surgery.

"I thought they were going to have to hold my eye open and take my eyeball out, like cut it," Suarez said, but it was simple. It was easy."

Suarez needs surgery on both of his eyes which would have cost more than $4000, but the procedure was free, thanks to the Center For Sight.

His ride back to Orlando will be a happy one because he's one step closer to passing the vision test and getting that driver's license. 

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