By the year 2050, it is estimated that 45 million people will have cataracts. Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process; they cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, resulting in impaired vision.
There are various ways patients can manage their cataracts on their own but the only truly effective solution is cataract surgery. Of course, many people are nervous about the thought of having surgery.
And a common question we receive from many patients is, “How do I know when it’s the right time to consider cataract surgery?” The answer to this question will be different for everyone, but let’s look at a few ways you can help determine this for yourself.
- Cataracts impact your ability to drive safely
For many patients, the loss of independence is one of the most frustrating side effects of cataracts. Cataracts can cause a glare or halo to form around lights, making it hard to drive at night.
And as your vision continues to worsen, it may be hard to read street signs. And if your cataracts become bad enough, they can even cause you to fail your driver’s test.
The bottom line is, if you can no longer drive safely as a result of your cataracts, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.
- Cataracts keep you from participating in activities you enjoy
Do you find that you can no longer engage in sporting activities you enjoy because your distance vision has been affected? Or is it hard to read a book, work in your garden, or participate in other activities you enjoy doing? If your cataracts have started to interfere with your daily life, cataract surgery may be the best option for you.
- You can no longer manage the symptoms on your own
In the early stages of cataracts, it is possible to manage some of the symptoms without surgery. You can get a stronger prescription, use brighter lights in your home, or use a magnifying glass to make it easier to read. However, if these strategies stop working at some point, it may be time to consider cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by eye doctors and Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery. Contact our Newport Beach office to schedule your cataract consultation with Dr. Feinerman today.