Early cataracts often do not cause any major vision impairment. They are treated with a new eyeglass prescription, better lighting, magnifying lenses or anti-glare sunglasses. After these treatments have been attempted, cataract surgery is the only other solution that will improve cataract symptoms. Cataract surgery is necessary when cataracts start to interfere with a person’s daily activities and cause a noticeable loss of vision that can affect driving, walking around, reading and other activities.
It’s important to understand the risks and benefits of surgery
Before a person elects to have cataract surgery, it’s essential they speak with their eye doctor to understand the benefits and risks. In some cases, the doctor may recommend a cataract be removed for the purpose of treating another eye problem such as diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration. This may be possible even when it does not cause any problems. In other cases, when they don’t cause major vision impairment, cataracts may not need to be removed immediately.
Does cataract surgery work?
Cataract surgery happens to be one of the safest forms of surgery in the United States and has a very high success rate. Approximately 90 percent of cataract surgeries result in improved vision post-surgery. It is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. If you have any specific questions about cataract surgery or cataracts, speak to your doctor today for more information.
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