If you have recently been diagnosed with cataracts, you are likely considering having them removed. Although cataract removal can be performed at any stage of cataract development, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration before scheduling your surgery. Metrolina Eye Associates, a group of skilled eye doctors serving Charlotte and the surrounding areas, outlines some of those factors in this blog post.
When Cataracts Interfere with Your Daily Life
While cataract surgery is the only way to remove cataracts, it is not always immediately necessary. For instance, early stages of cataracts typically do not exhibit any visible symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with early stages of cataracts, you may have noticed minor changes in your vision, or no changes at all. Prescription glasses or contact lenses can help manage minor blurry vision, while glare can be minimized using polarized sunglasses. If cataracts are not significantly affecting your everyday life, then it is probably safe to delay cataract surgery for the time being.
Cataract surgery becomes necessary when it interferes with your ability to complete everyday tasks or your favorite hobbies. Severe stages of cataracts can make it difficult (and even dangerous) to drive due to nighttime glare and double vision. As cataracts progress, everyday hobbies like reading, knitting and playing sports become more difficult. If left untreated, cataracts can diminish both vision and quality of life.
Cataract surgery is a highly successful and safe procedure. Following surgery, clear vision is restored and everyday activities are easier and more enjoyable. In addition, several studies show that cataract surgery can reduce the risk of falls and serious car accidents.
Contact Metrolina Eye Associates
The decision of undergoing cataract surgery (and the timing of it) is a personal one. A board certified cataract surgeon can help you determine if and when cataract surgery is appropriate. Our team of board certified eye doctors have collectively performed hundreds of cataract surgeries successfully and safely. They can help determine whether you benefit from undergoing cataract surgery now or at a later time following a thorough eye examination. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our cataract surgeons, contact Metrolina Eye Associates by calling (704) 234-1930 today.