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How to Know If It’s Time for Cataract Surgery

How to Know If It’s Time for Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a part of the natural aging process and something you cannot avoid. As your eye’s lens ages, it becomes cloudier and more yellow. This causes objects to look blurry, hazy or duller than normal.

The only way to treat a cataract is surgically. The clouded lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a clear lens implant.

However, not every cataract needs to be immediately removed just because it is present. Cataracts are a progressive condition, and in the early stages, they may not cause noticeable visual symptoms. As they gradually mature, they can start to cause symptoms that affect daily living. When the effects of cataracts take a toll on your quality of life, it is time to consider having them removed.

The choice to have cataract surgery is very personal. It is your eye doctor’s responsibility to educate you about cataracts and your condition, and your decision to undergo surgery.

How Much Do Cataracts Interfere with Your Life?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends you ask yourself the following questions to determine how much cataracts interfere with your life. How you answer these questions can help you determine whether it is time to pursue cataract surgery:

Do cataracts interfere with your daily activities, including your work?

Is blurry or dim vision making it difficult for you to drive, read, work or prepare meals? Is it hard to do the things you love (e.g., watch television, sew, play card games) due to limited vision from cataracts?

Are you unable to drive safely at night due to cataracts?

Are halos around lights or other vision problems in low-light conditions making you feel unsafe when driving at night? Do you think you would be able to pass a vision test for a driver’s license with your night vision?

Can you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities with limited vision?

Is blurry vision or other visual symptoms of cataracts (e.g., loss of contrast sensitivity, sensitivity to glare) making it hard for you to ski, surf, play golf or enjoy your other favorite outdoor activities?

Do you have tools or resources to help you manage your cataracts?

Can you make small changes, such as using magnifying lenses to read or making the lights in your home brighter, in order to “work around” the visual symptoms of cataracts?

Contact Our Team Today

If you feel that cataracts interfere with your daily living, work and hobbies, it is time to speak with our team about your options. Please schedule an appointment by contacting us today.