What Are Cataracts? When do I need Cataract Surgery?
Cataracts are Normal
Don't be alarmed if you were just diagnosed with cataracts. Everyone eventually develops cataracts ( as long as you live long enough). It is simply a product of age. Other risks associated with cataract formation include sunlight exposure, certain medications and diseases.
What are cataracts? Cataracts are opacifications and cloudiness that develop on the natural lens in your eyes. With time, cataracts cause glare issues, halos at night, diminished color vision, and general difficulty in vision.
Cataract surgery has come a long way in recent years. The risks and complications are very minimal. As an outpatient procedure, cataract patients go home the same day and are able to return to work the following day. Eye drops are administered several days before and after surgery.
Benefits of Cataract Surgery:
Many people are choosing to have cataract surgery at an early age because of the benefits achieved. After surgery, most individuals no longer need glasses for their distance vision. Only readers are needed following surgery.
Multifical IOLs (Intraocular lenses)
Many premium IOL options are available to patients interested in achieving clear distance and near vision. These lenses are paid out of pocket (whereas standard cataract surgery is covered by Medicare/medical insurance).
When to Proceed with Surgery
The following indications will lead you towards surgery:
1. Blurry Vision
2. Glare issues
3. Difficulty with night vision/ Halos at night
4. Hazy vision
5. Difficulty adapting from light to dark conditions
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