You may think you know a lot about cataracts, but do you know the warning signs to look out for? After all, cataract surgery is a safe treatment option for cataracts. It is common to develop a cataract. They are “age-related” since most symptoms start showing around the age of 60. In your life, you will develop at least one cataract.
By age 80, more than half of all Americans have had a cataract. They may have already had cataract surgery with an experienced cataract surgeon.
It’s important to know that people can start to develop cataracts as early as their 40s. Most people with cataracts don’t realize it until their vision becomes obstructed. When vision becomes obstructed, it changes how they can live their life.
What Is A Cataract And How Does It Develop?
A cataract is a clump of proteins that form in the center of a lens that was once clear. Before a cataract develops, the clump of proteins will scatter around the eye. With the proteins spread out, you have clear vision.
As we age, these proteins can start to migrate to the center of the lens, clumping together to form a cataract. Early cataracts are treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Cataract surgery is not necessary until glasses and contacts can’t correct vision. Untreated, cataracts can result in blindness.
About Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is the only way to remove cataracts. There is no way to prevent getting a cataract. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing one. Once you develop a cataract, there is no way to treat or reverse it.
It is fine to wait for surgery, as waiting to have a cataract surgeon remove your cataract will not harm your eyes. If your cataract is small enough to not cause loss of vision, you don’t need to have it removed.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures you can undergo in the country. There are still risks to keep in mind since it is still a surgery.
Cataract Surgery Risks
- Seeing halos around lights
- Problems with glares from bright lights
- Leaking from the incision made during cataract surgery
- Secondary cataracts
- Swelling (macular edema)
Before surgery, your cataract surgeon will discuss your needs and risks to consider.
Premium Lens Implants
When a cataract has been removed, it is replaced with an intraocular lens. An intraocular lens or IOL replaces your eye’s natural lens. Medicare covers a standard IOL. For those who can afford premium IOLs, one option to consider is Toric IOLs. These IOLs correct astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. With a Toric IOL, vision is returned, without needing glasses or contacts to see! This allows patients the possibility of life without glasses and contacts.
Ready to make a decision about cataract surgery? Call the doctors at Feinerman Vision Center and get in for your consultation! Cataracts are inevitable but it doesn’t have to mean permanent vision loss.