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Blurry vision, lovely sights

By Debra Dobbins

Eventually, I've been advised, I'll need surgery to remove cataracts in both eyes. I'm not worried about the prospect; from all accounts, such surgery is relatively quick and painless, and it often improves one's eyesight quite a bit. “Cataracts” describes a medical condition in which an eye's lens slowly grows opaque, causing vision to blur.

I learned today that “cataracts” also means large waterfalls. According to the Online Dictionary, the word “cataract” came into English in the early 15th century and meant “'a waterfall, floodgate,' from Latin cataracta 'waterfall,' from Greek katarhaktes 'waterfall, broken water.'”

How lucky we are now to have advanced techniques to zap cataracts — enabling so many of us to better admire lovely sights such as, well, cataracts.

Photo of Cumberland Falls in Kentucky special to the Sentinel

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Interesting. That explains the name Cataract Canyon, in Utah. Hope all goes well and you are seeing as clearly and brightly as you write!




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