Ruth's Story: Reading Easier After Surgery

Once Ruth starts reading a book, it’s hard for her to put it down. But when she was diagnosed with cataracts, her life story took an unexpected twist.

Ruth's ophthalmology patient storyRuth Dorgan is a reader. The retired UW-Stevens Point English professor reads everything, from serious histories to popular fiction. She taught The Vampire in Literature at UWSP.

Once she starts reading a book, it’s hard for her to put it down, even if it’s 3 in the morning. Ruth noticed over time that her eyes would get more tired and it was more difficult to read for twelve hours at a time. She wore contact lenses, but after an injury to her left eye, they were no longer an option.

Tom O’Malley, Jr. MD, an Ascension ophthalmologist in Stevens Point, told Ruth that she had cataracts, and that surgery might allow her to see without glasses or contacts.

Ruth said she asked a lot of questions about the procedure, quipping that she didn’t want to go into it blind. Dr. O’Malley, Jr. and his team were very responsive. They answered her questions and put her mind at ease.

Ruth had surgery on both eyes in October 2013. Although she cannot see perfectly out of the injured eye, she can see much better. She wears glasses for distance. She reports that overall, she is very satisfied with the results and was glad that she did it when she was healthy and able to recover quickly. Ruth encourages others who are considering cataract surgery not to procrastinate. She said the more you put it off, the bigger it looms.

Today, Ruth is back to her marathon reading sessions, an exercise made much easier thanks to Dr. O’Malley, Jr.