How do I know when I need cataract surgery?
5 Signs You Should Consider Cataract Surgery
- You Have Blurry Vision. Blurry vision is often seen as a sign of declining vision. …
- You’re Seeing Double in One Eye. …
- You Struggle to Read, Even With Reading Glasses. …
- You Can’t See Unless There’s Plenty of Light. …
- You Have Trouble Driving at Night.
Is it better to have cataract surgery early?
Although it’s never too late to have a cataract removed, it is better to have cataracts removed while they are immature, as this reduces the length of surgery and the recovery time. Earlier removal also means that you avoid the significant visual impairment associated with very mature (hypermature) cataracts.
What is the average age for cataract surgery?
The Common Age of Cataract Surgery Patients
Knowing that fact, and looking at statistics in the eye care world, it is safe to say that the average age of a patient needing cataract surgery is around 60. This is the midway point between when cataracts tend to develop and the average age that most humans live.
What is the criteria for cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is considered “medically necessary” by some insurance companies (like Medicare) only when certain conditions are met. The service is often covered only after a cataract has caused visual acuity to be reduced to below 20/40 — the legal vision requirement for driving in most states.
Does cataract surgery give you 20 20 Vision?
Will I see 20/20? Your vision after cataract surgery depends on: How advanced your cataracts were. What type of intraocular lens, or IOL, you chose.
What are the disadvantages of cataract surgery?
Potential cataract surgery complications include:
- Posterior capsule opacity (PCO)
- Intraocular lens dislocation.
- Eye inflammation.
- Light sensitivity.
- Photopsia (perceived flashes of light)
- Macular edema (swelling of the central retina)
- Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
- Ocular hypertension (elevated eye pressure)
Why are my eyes still blurry and sun sensitive after 2 months of cataract surgery?
This can be normal, but if it lasts more than a couple of days, talk to your doctor. Sometimes, you just need to wear sunglasses for a few months until it goes away. But it could also be a sign of another issue, like too much inflammation in your eye, and you may need eye drops.
Which type of cataract surgery is best?
Laser cataract surgery comes with a higher level of precision, and it is considered marginally safer than traditional surgery. Laser surgery is also the best choice for people dealing with eye conditions such as astigmatism.
Is there any reason to delay cataract surgery?
Fine says. That decision is usually based on how much the cataract is interfering with your vision and daily life. You may want to delay cataract surgery until you feel that you need better vision. But you might not want to wait until you can’t see stair steps clearly or fail a driving test.
Are cataracts worse in the morning?
Tears lubricate, nourish, and protect your eyes, and you’re constantly producing tears even while asleep. Sometimes, however, your nightly tears can dry on the surface of your eyes, causing blurry, hazy vision in the morning. Blinking a few times after waking up can remoisten your cornea and get rid of blurriness.
When should cataract surgery be avoided?
For example, if you have advanced macular degeneration or a detached retina as well as cataracts, it’s possible that removing the cataract and replacing it with a clear intraocular lens (IOL) might not improve your eyesight. In such cases, cataract surgery may not be recommended.
Can you get rid of cataracts without surgery?
Currently, there is no non-surgical cure for cataracts that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or other government body medical procedure regulators.
What happens if cataracts are left untreated?
If left untreated cataracts can cause total blindness. The main treatment for cataracts is eye surgery. Sometimes changing your eyeglass prescription will help improve your vision, but often it will not. Eye doctors recommend having cataract surgery before your cataracts start seriously affecting your vision.
Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?
Cataract surgeons recommend being patient and waiting for your eyes to fully heal before being fitted for a new pair of glasses. Because most IOLs used in cataract surgery can only provide clear distance or clear near vision, you will need glasses to correct for whatever the lens doesn’t provide.