A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. In a normal eye, the natural lens is clear and focuses light onto the retina for clear vision. Over time, proteins found in the eye clump together, clouding the lens and making it more difficult to see clearly.
In its early stages, cataracts can be treated with prescription eyeglasses. However, the only way to cure the disease is through surgical intervention. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens that restores vision.
Here, the board certified ophthalmologists at Austin Eye discuss when it is a good idea to undergo cataract surgery.
When Cataracts Interfere with Your Everyday Life
Cataracts can be removed at any stage of development. However, surgery becomes immediately necessary when a cataract interferes with daily life. The following scenarios are good indicators that you need cataract surgery:
- You have difficulty driving at night due to halos, glare or other symptoms.
- You can no longer enjoy hobbies like sewing or knitting due to cataracts.
- You have difficulty skiing, surfing or performing other outdoor activities.
- Cataracts are affecting your ability to do your job.
- Cataracts have affected your ability to see well in low-lit environments, increasing your risk of a fall or accident.
- Prescription eyeglasses are no longer sufficient in helping you read, text, watch television or other activities that require clear near vision.
The Benefits of Cataract Eye Surgery
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, several studies have found a link between cataract surgery and improved quality of life. With clear vision, cataract patients no longer have to struggle to read, while sports and other outdoor activities become more enjoyable. Some studies have found that cataract patients have a reduced risk of falling and fewer car crashes than individuals who do not have their cataracts removed. One study even found that having cataracts removed leads to a 40 percent lower long-term mortality risk!
If you are considering having cataract surgery, schedule a personal consultation with Austin Eye. Our team of cataract surgeons can evaluate your symptoms and advise you as to whether it’s appropriate to undergo surgery now or at a later time.
To contact Austin Eye, please call us at our North office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.