How do you know when it’s time for cataract surgery?
However, if an individual has blurred vision that makes it difficult to read print or read signs while driving; has disabling glare while driving at night; or has difficulty engaging in hobbies such as knitting, crocheting, or card games, it is time to consider cataract surgery.
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.
Can you wait too long for cataract surgery?
If you wait too long, your cataracts can become “hyper-mature”, which makes them more difficult to remove, and can cause surgery complications. In general, the best outcomes for cataract surgery take place when surgery is performed soon after vision problems develop.
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)
How long can I wait for cataract surgery?
Generally, for better outcomes, cataract surgery should be performed soon after vision problems develop rather than waiting many months or years.
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.
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.
Should I wear my old glasses after cataract surgery?
Usually, old prescription glasses will no longer work very well with the newly operated eye. Because there is no harm in wearing them, some patients continue to use their old prescription eyeglasses to see with the un-operated eye.
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.
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.
Can you drive after a cataract operation?
Most patients are able to resume driving 24 hours after cataract surgery. However, this completely depends on the individual patient. The day after your surgery, you will return to your surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment.
How long do you need off work after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading.
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.