Are cataracts slowing you down and preventing you from enjoying your life to the fullest? There is no reason you cannot maintain your active lifestyle and independence. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss, but they are reversible through surgery. Younger people are choosing to have their cataracts removed earlier so they don’t skip a beat when it comes to quality of life.
Here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to cataract removal in younger patients:
What is a cataract?
Cataracts form when proteins in the lens of your eyes form abnormal clumps. As the clumps enlarge, they distort or block the passage of light through your lens. Although cataracts can be caused by eye trauma, chronic diabetes, medications, radiation, or could have been present at birth, the majority of cataracts are age-related.
When will I develop a cataract?
On average, you can expect cataracts to develop sometime in your 50s, but your vision may not be affected until after age 60. This is merely a guideline, as the development of age-related cataracts can be affected by genetics and other risk factors such as UV radiation and free radical damage.
How will I know when to get surgery?
There is no reason to have your cataracts treated until you experience symptoms such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, difficulty seeing or driving at night, or the muting or fading of colors. However, there is no reason to delay surgery once you begin to experience symptoms. Make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. You and your doctor can decide whether traditional or laser-assisted cataract surgery is best for you, and you can select a customized IOL that suits your activity levels and hobbies (Source: Johns Hopkins).
The average age for cataract surgery is decreasing, so get ready to enjoy all the benefits of clear vision. If you would like to find a licensed eye care professional in your area, please use our Physician Locator Tool for immediate assistance.