When Should I Have Cataract Surgery?

Are cataracts interfering with your day-to-day routine? If so, cataract surgery may be a valid option. Brought on primarily by aging, cataracts are clouded areas in the lens that can develop in one or both eyes. A cataract blocks light from entering the lens, which creates vision problems. Cataract development is painless and develops slowly over time, so often people aren’t even aware of a change in vision.

The decision to have cataract surgery depends upon its impact on your daily routine. Vision loss is gradual but can also be dangerous when performing otherwise common activities. Here are several reasons that you may want to consider having cataracts removed:

  • Sun or headlight glare impairs your vision, making it difficult for you to drive safely.
  • Poor vision is affecting your ability to perform normal tasks and the things you love, like golf or needlework.

Cataract surgery is a common procedure, so don’t let nerves get the best of you. During this outpatient procedure, your doctor will remove the clouded lens, and replace it with an artificial lens. If you might be a candidate for cataract surgery, or just have questions about eye health, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist. He or she can get you on the path to a brighter, clearer future.

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