DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Ed McCollum is enjoying something he never thought he would: driving without glasses.
"Not screeching up to the stop sign. I'm stopping way before the stop sign," he said.
McCollum said he began wearing glasses at age 7.
"My parents took me to the doctor and discovered that I had astigmatism and that I couldn't see things up close," he said.
In December his vision got cloudy and a cataract was discovered. What was clear for McCullom was who he needed to see next.
After seeing an ophthalmologist, he was refereed to a lens specialist, Dr. Heather A. Estopinal, who said the surgery is relatively simple to understand.
"We've gotten better over the years at measuring the lens. Those lenses come in multiple different strengths. And we have to measure the length of your eye, the curvature of your cornea to come up with the exact implant that we need to use," she explained.
She said the surgery is very precise.
"We go through a very, very small incision. We don't have to stop patients who are on aspirin or coumadin. They can continue to take those medications. We go strictly through the clear part of the eye where there are no blood vessels."
"I was there at 6:30 in the morning. I had the surgery at 8:30. By 10 o'clock I was seeing," said McCollom.
He said there were things he had to do while recuperating.
"I had to put drops in my eye 4 times a day. Now we're down to twice a day. And as each week goes on I decrease the drops."
He also wore an eye shield for about 2 weeks.