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mature cataract

My left eye has a mature cataract. I can no longer read AT ALL with my naked left eye (which used to be -5.5 and no astimatism) but can still see around me though blurry. I can still negotiate my way around when walking if I close my good right eye (also -5.5) as I can still see objects around me with the left eye. I cannot read the opticians letters board with my left eye. Does this mean my cataract is VERY  mature and so will be more risky to operate? I am going for surgery in a month's time and am rather worried about the risks.  I am 63 and relatively healthy - no diabetes etc.Thank you.
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Probably not mature as they are rare in USA. Only an exam can tell. Remember that waiting will only increase the risk.  JCH III MD

This is link to a picture of mature cataract  Also gooble images the term

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://eyelearn.med.utoronto.ca/ClinicalSkills/SlitLamp/slitLamp10.jpg&imgrefurl=http://eyelearn.med.utoronto.ca/ClinicalSkills/SlitLamp/05ThreeDim.htm&h=398&w=582&sz=16&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=vrSyLAD2mBuVdM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=134&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmature%2Bcataract%26gbv%3D2%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG
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