Cataracts is one of the most common eye complications around the world which mostly plagues elderly people since cataracts usually develop with age. A cataract is when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy resulting in blurry and hazy vision. The solution to cataracts is undergoing Cataract Surgery. It is the procedure wherein the lens of the affected eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens. After undergoing cataract surgery one who has suffered from cataracts can regain clear vision.
Those wishing to undergo cataract surgery must see an eye doctor specifically known as an ophthalmologist. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting meaning the patient will not need to stay in the hospital after undergoing surgery. The procedure of cataract surgery can be done traditionally which involved using ultrasound energy to help remove the affected lens or it can be done with the help of laser assisted equipment. Cataract surgery is quite a common procedure and it is considered very safe among the health industry.
Cataract surgery is performed on patients who suffer from cataracts. However, it isn’t always the case that people suffering from cataracts have to undergo cataract surgery. A person may have cataracts but not find his vision really affected. It is in these cases where the eye doctor will recommend prescription glasses. It is when the cataract starts to really develop and become severe that Cataract Surgery has to be performed.
Cataract surgery is also recommended whenever it gets it the way of other eye treatments. In cases where a cataract prevents the eye doctor from properly examining an eye particular the back area in order to be able to treat other eye complications like diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration due to age, he may recommend the patient to undergo cataract surgery.
In most cases there is no need to get cataract surgery done right away. This allows the person to assess his options. If ever one’s vision is still good and not really affected by the cataracts then it is still okay not to undergo cataract surgery. It is when the cataract starts to get worse and affect one’s daily living that undergoing surgery is an option. If one is still unsure about whether or not to undergo cataract surgery, you can ask yourself these questions.
- Are you still able to perform your job and responsibilities well and safely drive yourself?
- Do you experience any problems in reading or watching TV?
- Do you have any difficulty in doing housework, shopping, cooking, going up the stairs or even taking meds?
- Do you feel that you have become less independent with your vision?
- Do you have any difficulty in seeing with bright lights?
If you have answered yes to all those questions then it might be time for you to undergo cataract surgery. Since Cataract Surgery is considered quite safe there is nothing for you to worry about and the procedure only takes around an hour and you will have much better vision.