Why Delaying Cataract Surgery Isn’t the Best Choice
As we age, our eyes change in many ways. Among these changes is the formation of cataracts. This normally begins to occur in people as early as the mid-40’s to age 60 and beyond. Cataracts occur when the natural lens loses its clarity. This loss of clarity can result in several symptoms. Some of these symptoms include blurred vision, glare, fading colors, and/or poor night vision. But living with cataracts is not necessary, and delaying cataract surgery isn’t the best choice.
Here are the top three reasons many people put off cataract surgery:
Fear of the unknown. Think they need to wait until the cataract “ripens.” Think a cataract won’t affect their quality of life that much.
Fear Shouldn’t Be a Factor
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States today with more than three million procedures a year.
Modern cataract surgery is one of the most successful elective surgeries available today. The procedure is done as an outpatient surgery with little pain or down time. Most patients can see some improvement in vision the same day. Today, nearly any type of cataract can be removed in an efficient manner.
Waiting Makes Surgery More Difficult
Gone are the days of waiting for a cataract to get “ripe.” In fact, waiting on cataract surgery can in some cases make surgery more difficult. The longer you have a cataract, the firmer it becomes. When the cataract gets too firm, it requires more energy from the ultrasound unit to remove it. This additional energy can result in slower visual recovery or other unwanted side effects such as swelling of the cornea.
Don’t Let a Cataract Slow Down Your Active Lifestyle
People sometimes delay surgery out of fear of the unknown. This delay often results in a compromised lifestyle. People may stop driving and give up some of their freedom when there is no need. They may not read as much as they would like or may even give up hobbies they enjoy but in which they can no longer participate due to their poor vision..
In today’s active world, people should not suffer with compromised vision any longer than necessary. Most cataract patients resume normal activity the day after surgery and full activity — including sports, weight training, cardio activities, etc. — two weeks following surgery.
If you have cataracts, talk with your eye doctor to find out your options. But most importantly, don’t delay. Good vision is waiting for you.
Dr. Brar graduated from Baylor University and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma’s Dean McGee Eye Institute. He specializes in LASIK, PRK, cataracts, intraocular lenses, custom LASIK and Wavefront technology and is an expert in implanting multifocal, accommodating, TORIC and monofocal intraocular lenses. Visit www.nvisioncenters.com or call 1-877-91NVISION.