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said nothing to me about the finding of cataracts. 3 2.80%
told me about them, and educated me on the likely course and future options 102 95.33%
told me and advised surgery at my soonest convenience 2 1.87%
none of the above (please explain in a post) 0 0%
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:11 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
Me, too, until this post in this thread - Nanannjen expressed an alternate view which surprised me, so as someone who spends a lot of time informing patients about their maladies, I thought I'd do a reality check with a poll.
This has been a very interesting thread! I figured that I'd better jump in and justify my position.

I still maintain - for the specific ailment (cataracts) - one that is very common in our society and very easily fixed - for the doctor to tell me that I had them, without the additional information - that was wrong, and I wish that she hadn't told me. It did make a big difference when the other doctor (the next year) explained that it was fairly normal and not a big deal - that I was a long ways away from needing the surgery. Under the same circumstances, with a problem of the same type - slowly progressing, no lifestyle changes/medication fix, that many people get - (sorry, I can't think of a good comparison!) - I probably don't need to know until it becomes more relevant to me (maybe 5 years out?). If it was glaucoma - completely different issue, as that is something much more serious.

I am normally a full disclosure type - give it to me straight so that I can research it - but for some reason, this one hit me wrong. I guess it's a good thing that first doctor isn't with the practice any more!

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