Cataracts are an unavoidable part of getting older. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that more than 25 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts. Unfortunately, there are no medications or eye drops that can prevent or treat them. The only way to treat cataracts is to surgically remove them.
Technically a cataract can be removed at any stage of development. However, not every cataract needs to be removed as soon as it is detected. Deciding to schedule cataract surgery is a personal decision that depends on the individual and certain circumstances.
In their early stages, cataracts may not noticeably interfere with vision. If you have recently been diagnosed with cataracts, you may not notice any vision changes, or you may have noticed minor changes that are improved by wearing prescription glasses. Maybe you are able to manage cataracts in other ways like wearing polarized sunglasses or a big hat to reduce glare. When cataracts are in their early stages and not affecting your daily life, it is probably safe to delay cataract surgery and simply have a trusted eye doctor monitor your vision.
But as cataracts progress, they can cause dim, blurry vision, glare while driving at night, double vision and other visual symptoms that make it difficult to perform work-related tasks and hobbies like knitting, crocheting and playing card games. Cataracts may also cause visual differences between the eyes, which can affect distance vision and make it difficult to enjoy golf and other physical activities, too.
If your cataracts are interfering with your work, daily activities or favorite hobbies, it might be time to consider cataract surgery. If left untreated, cataracts will continue to progress and diminish quality of life. There are safety concerns as well; studies show that cataract surgery can reduce the risk of falls and serious car crashes.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the country and it is very safe. But no matter how common it is, it’s still crucial to find a cataract surgeon you trust.
The team at Tayani Institute would be happy to sit down with you to discuss cataract treatment in more detail and explain your options. To book a consultation with the team, please call or email our practice today.