If you have recently been diagnosed with cataracts, we understand how nerve-wracking it can be. It’s always scary to be told that you have problems with your vision, no matter how treatable the problem is.
Fortunately, there have been numerous advances in cataract surgery over the years. Whether you are newly diagnosed or concerned you may have cataracts, here are four things you need to know about cataract surgery:
Cataracts are a normal result of aging
A cataract causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy and affect your vision. Cataracts sound scary but they are actually a very natural part of the aging process.
70 percent of adults aged 80 or older have been diagnosed with cataracts. The cataract surgery is very common as well; over three million surgeries are performed every year and 98 percent of those are performed with no complications.
Lens replacement is the only “cure” for cataracts
There are other ways you can manage the symptoms of your cataracts but cataract surgery is the only real “cure” for cataracts. For more people, it’s only a matter of when — not if — they have the procedure.
And more and more people are choosing to have the surgery earlier because the risk is so low and the benefits are so high.
Cataract surgery is safe and effective
Cataract surgery has improved a lot over the years and is now a very safe and effective procedure. The quality of the lens has improved, there are no sutures involved, and the incision is relatively small.
And if you choose to have laser cataract surgery, a laser will be used to create the incision as opposed to the blade used in traditional cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced option for cataract surgery and is more accurate and faster than traditional cataract surgery.
Your recovery period should be short
The surgery takes roughly 15 minutes to perform and afterward, you will have to spend some time in recovery. You should plan on having a friend or family member there to drive you home after surgery.
As long as you have good overall health and no other vision problems, your recovery from cataract surgery should be relatively short. And there is a good chance your vision will significantly improve after the surgery too.
However, it will take several days for your vision to adjust so don’t be alarmed if your vision is blurry at first. Give yourself time to rest and recover so your eyes can heal.
If you are interested in learning more about how to manage your cataracts or laser cataract surgery, contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Feinerman.