The Digital Photo Guy

Photography & Cataracts

by on Sep.22, 2016, under Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4

Wow! I Can See Again!

Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with cataracts. My right eye was the worst so that was the obvious candidate for immediate surgery. Unfortunately, Mary and I were getting ready to leave for the summer and the doctor didn’t have any openings until September. Since I felt very comfortable with Dr. Patel, I opted to wait until we returned to Arizona. Surprisingly, the right eye deteriorated at an accelerated pace and by the time I got back, my right eyesight was severely compromised.

Today, 2 days after surgery, my right eye seems to have healed well and I’ve noticed an amazing difference. To show you, instead of just telling you, I prepared the photo below. The left side is what my uncorrected left eye sees. This effect uses a Photoshop Warming Filter 85 plus a small curves and desaturation adjustment. The effect is a bit exaggerated to make it easier to see but pretty close to what my uncorrected left eye sees versus my corrected right eye.

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To me, the colors before surgery appear as if I had set the wrong white balance and slightly underexposed the image. There’s a slight yellow/orange cast compared to the corrected right eye.

So, if you’re of “a certain age” (code word for old,) you might want to have your eyes checked for cataracts. As you can see, editing and correcting colors can be a crapshoot with cataracts. Of course, everyone is different and every surgical procedure has risk so be sure to carefully discuss your options with your doctor.

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