Many people wonder when to have cataract surgery. They have been told by their eye doctor that they have a cataract — a condition in which the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy that generally affects people over the age of 55.
Individuals with cataracts may have noticed that things look blurry, hazy, or that colors look less distinct and vibrant. But, generally speaking, cataract surgery is not urgent.
Hesitance to Have Cataract Surgery
Sometimes patients are hesitant to have cataract surgery. This is unfortunate because the procedure is a very brief outpatient procedure with a low incidence of complications. In fact, multiple studies indicate that the success rate is over 98%.
When to Consider Cataract Surgery
The timing of cataract surgery is important because as a cataract matures, it becomes thicker, denser, and incrementally more difficult to remove.
At Atlantic Medical Eye Care, we believe that the right time to have cataract surgery is when vision impairment interferes with the activities of daily living — activities such as:
- Watching television
- Doing puzzles
- Sewing and crafts
- Taking medications accurately
- Ambulating without falling
Cataract Surgery Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Don’t wait unnecessarily to remove your cataracts. Cataract surgery has one of the highest success rates of any surgery performed. Additionally, patients describe the improvement to the quality of their lives as profound.
If you suspect you may have cataracts, or if you’ve been putting off surgery to remove your cataracts, contact us today to set up a consultation to evaluate your eyes. If could be the best decision you make this whole year.