Do you have cataracts? If so, you're not alone. Many people develop cataracts at some point in their life, especially as they get older. Cataracts can often be managed with glasses or contact lenses. In fact, after your doctor prescribes glasses, you may not initially notice a significant drop-off in vision from your pre-cataract days. However, the only way to fully eliminate cataracts is through surgery. You may want to put off surgery because of financial issues or simply because your schedule doesn't allow for surgery at the present time. It's important, though, to have surgery before the cataracts lead to other eye problems. Here are three signs that the time is right for you to have cataract surgery:
The cataracts interfere with your daily life. At first, your cataracts may be little more than a nuisance, especially if they've been corrected with glasses or contacts. However, they usually worsen over time. Eventually, you may notice that your cataracts interfere with your ability to work or drive. You may have trouble recognizing faces until people are right in front of you. If you have a favorite hobby, like reading or knitting, you may find that your cataracts make the hobby difficult.
There's no reason why cataracts should cause you to struggle with everyday life. If you're having these kinds of challenges, then you should consider scheduling surgery.
Glasses no longer help. Depending on how advanced your cataract is when you're first diagnosed, your doctor will likely prescribe corrective lenses. These should help restore your vision, possibly all the way back to your normal level. However, eventually you will start to notice clouded vision again, even when you wear the glasses. Your doctor can strengthen your glasses. However, once your cataracts are noticeable even when you have glasses on, that usually means you will quickly reach a point where glasses no longer help. This is also a sign that the cataract is hardening, which may make surgery more difficult. You might want to schedule surgery before it's too late.
Your cataract is affecting your overall eye health. As cataracts harden, they can cause other problems in your eye. For example, hard cataracts can cause inflammation that can lead to glaucoma. They can also make it difficult for your optometrist to treat other issues, like macular degeneration. Cataracts alone shouldn't be painful or irritating. If you're experiencing discomfort, it may meant that the cataract has hardened and is causing or irritating other issues.
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