When Is a Good Time to Get Cataract Surgery?

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When Is a Good Time to Get Cataract Surgery?

If you were diagnosed with cataracts, you may wonder about whether or when you should get cataract surgery. Most people get cataracts, but they don't always need surgery. Some people go their whole lives without cataract surgery. However, many people find the surgery greatly improves their quality of life. But, most ophthalmologists won't do surgery until you really need it. Read on to learn more about signs of problematic cataracts and when you should have surgery.

How can one slow down the progression of cataracts?

If you want to avoid or prolong the time before you need surgery, take care of your eyes. The best time to start is when you don't have cataracts. Even if you already have cataracts, you can keep them from getting worse. Here are some tips:

  • Eat a healthy diet full of vitamins that support eye health
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco
  • Wear sunglasses or eyeglasses with UV protection
  • Have regular eye exams even if you don't usually need vision correction

What are the problem signs of cataracts?

At first, you will likely not realise you have cataracts. But, when you have any of the following problems, it may be time to think about surgery.

  • Fading colour vision
  • White colours appear dingy or yellow
  • Difficulty driving at night (excessive halos and light sensitivity)
  • Distorted or double vision
  • Overall blurriness
  • Problems getting an accurate eyeglass prescription

What are the consequences of waiting too long?

Cataracts don't cause any major health problems, so there's no hazard in waiting for surgery. However, the longer you wait, the thicker and more difficult for the surgeon to remove the old lens. Some public health referrals have extended wait times in parts of the country. Therefore, work with your general practitioner and ophthalmologist to get a surgery referral as soon as possible.

How does cataract surgery go?

The basics of cataract surgery are the surgeon removes the old lens and replaces it with a new one. The ophthalmologist either uses ultrasound waves to break up the old lens or removes the lens in one piece. Then, a new intraocular lens goes into the eye. The result is the much-improved vision for most people. The procedure usually takes less than a day.

If you have cataracts, you are not alone. Luckily, modern surgery can do wonders to help you keep your eyesight. Regular eye exams can give you an idea of how your cataracts are progressing. However, only you and your doctor know the right time for surgery for you. When it's time, talk to a cataract surgeon for advice.

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How an Optometrist Opened My Eyes Hello. My name is Kyle and this my new blog. I would like to tell you a story about my eyes. For many years, I thought I had perfect vision. However, last year my wife was pointing at something in the distance and talking about it and I realised that I couldn't quite make it out. My vision was blurry. I thought I must just be a bit tired so I forgot about it. However, a few weeks later, I noticed that it was happening again. I decided to contact an optometrist so I could have my eyes tested. The optometrist said I needed some glasses and made me a set of lenses.