When to Have Cataract Surgery?

When is time to have Cataract Surgery?

In the past 20 years the world of medicine has seen massive advances in procedures and practices, especially in the field of ocular surgery.  Cataract surgery was once a very difficult procedure for cataract surgeons, and an extremely traumatic one for patients.  Through medical advances and updated technology, cataract surgery has become less complicated and more of a standard, routine operation.

When to have Cataract surgery?

  • If your vision is at risk – Is your vision blurred making it difficult to perform daily tasks like driving?
  • Other existing issues – Are cataracts preventing the treatment of another issue?
  • Your physician’s recommendation – Does your ophthalmologist think surgery is a good fit for you?

It may be time to have cataract surgery if vision changes are making it difficult to perform everyday activities like:

  • Working
  • Driving
  • Reading
  • Watching TV

Together you and your doctor will decide if surgery is the best fit for you.  Think about what cataracts really means in terms of quality of life and day-to-day living.  The best treatment for you is one that fits your eyes, your life and your health.

If cataracts are preventing treatment for another eye condition, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or diabetic retinopathy, cataract surgery may be completely necessary.  The cloudy lens caused by a cataract can make it difficult for your doctor to treat other conditions.

Amazing Results of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery boasts a 95% success rate, with most people claiming better sight after the procedure.  Due to advancements in this field, recovery time is minimal.  After surgery it is normal to feel mild irritation, which is best treated by over the counter medicine (Tylenol, etc.) and light sensitivity.  Prescribed eye-drops will aid in the healing process for weeks following surgery, and most normal daily activities are not restricted following cataract surgery.

To schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our doctors, contact Palm Beach Eye Center today.