Not all cataracts need to be removed. In its early stages, an immature cataract may not significantly impair your vision or require surgical treatment. You may not even notice there is a problem!
As cataracts mature, they will start to interfere with the things you need to do (e.g., read, work on a computer) or want to do (e.g., golf, travel). At that point, it is wise to consider surgery.
Read on as the team at Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons reveals signs you are probably ready for cataract surgery.
Your vision is blurry and glasses don’t help.
A cataract occurs when proteins that make up your lens clump together, forming cloudy areas that block incoming light and gradually blur your vision. In the early stages of a cataract, you may find that your vision is only mildly blurry, and that changing your glasses prescription helps you see more clearly.
On the other hand, if you have changed your prescription multiple times and glasses don’t seem to help with your visual clarity, your cataracts likely require surgical removal.
You struggle with driving at night.
Mature cataracts make it difficult to see clearly in low light conditions, such as when driving at night. Some people experience nighttime glare or halos around bright lights that can be blinding. When you can’t see the road, road signs or your dashboard clearly, driving becomes very dangerous!
Don’t put yourself in harm’s way — get cataract surgery so you can see more clearly at night and keep yourself and others on the road safe.
Colors look dull or faded.
Advanced cataracts are also likely to interfere with color vision, causing bright colors to look dull or faded. Your vision may appear as though it is tinted yellow or brown, making it difficult to match your clothing or prepare meals with fresh ingredients.
If the inability to discern colors becomes a hindrance to your lifestyle, consider pursuing cataract surgery.
Cataract Surgery at Boston Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Our team is proud to be at the forefront of modern cataract surgery. Under our care, cataract surgery is a safe and quick outpatient procedure that significantly improves visual clarity and quality of life.
Once we have removed your clouded lens, we will replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). You can choose from a range of IOLs, each with its own special technology and features. IOLs cannot be seen or felt, and they are made to last a lifetime.
The recovery from cataract surgery is usually short. Most patients resume their normal routine very quickly after the procedure. You will be amazed at how clearly you can see with your new IOLs.
To learn more about cataract surgery with our experienced, team, please call or email us today.