Jim had consulted with an optometrist in the US about “cloudy” vision and was told that he had cataracts developing and would need surgery in the next few years. Then we moved to Mexico and he spent much time in bright sunlight. The problem became worse and about the same time we heard from a friend in my yoga class that he had had cataract surgery in Merida (about a 5 hour drive from our home in Playa del Carmen). He was very happy with the result, so we called, made an appointment and drove to Merida about a week later.
The office is in the northeast section of the city, away from the old city where we had ventured before, but there is a bypass highway with an exit a few blocks away. This is suburbia, see the photo below. His facility was very modern and we felt comfortable with the doctor and his staff. We were the only ex-patriots in the office every time we arrived and this felt okay. Surgery was performed in the office and lasted about 15 minutes. The cataract was removed and a corrective lens was implanted to provide 20/20 vision. A few weeks later he had his second eye done and a month later I had mine done also. The expense was reasonable and care was exceptional.