It there a right time to have Cataract Removal Surgery?
The decision to have Cataract Surgery is one that you and your eye doctor will make together.
You’ll probably have plenty of time to consider and discuses your options carefully.
In most cases waiting until you’re ready to have surgery wont harm your eye.
You may not need cataract removal surgery for many years if at all.
Base your decision on your degree of vision loss and your ability to function in daily life.
In general, surgery is recommended if the results of your visual acuity test are 20/50 or worse, even with Eyeglasses , but this figure isn’t set in stone.
Think about how the cataract affects your daily life.
The answers to these questions are different for each person.
An older person who isn’t very active may have less need for sharp vision that a younger person who needs to drive a car and earn a living.
Sometimes cataract removal should be done even if it doesn’t cause major problems with vision, for example, if it s preventing the treatment of another Vision Problem, such as age related Macular Degeneration , Diabetic Retinopathy or retinal detachment.
Your lifestyle and occupational needs should be central to your decision.
For example, if your job or hobby requires excellent eyesight, you might elect to have surgery much earlier that someone who doesn’t have the same vision requirements.
You’ll also want to consider the rate at which your vision is declining.
Talk with your eye doctor about how your cataracts are affecting your vision and your life.
Although your doctor cannot make the final decision for you, he or she can help you sort out the pros and cons.
Here are some questions you might ask you doctor before Cataract Removal:
Having a Cataract diagnosed doesn’t mean you have to have it removed immediately.
Most people have plenty of time to decide when to have cataract removal surgery.
You and your doctor can decide when to have your cataracts removed based on how much the cataract is impairing your vision.
If you have cataracts in both eyes and decide to have surgery, you ophthalmologist typically does cataract surgery in one eye at a time.
This allows time for the first eye to heal before the second eye is operated on.
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