Cataracts occur naturally as the eyes age. When first developed, cataracts are usually a minor issue. However, with time, living with cataracts can become increasingly difficult. Everyday activities such as driving, reading, and writing become problematic. Stemming from a lack of contrast, the sharpness in your eye is greatly reduced, causing vision problems. Cataracts usually effect people over the age of 40. Common signs that your cataracts are interfering with your life to the point where you may need surgery include:
- Increasingly Blurred Vision
- Difficulty Driving During Day or Night
- Dimmed, Yellow, or Double Vision
- Increased Sensitivity to Glare (Outdoor Activities)
Managing Your Cataracts
The prospect of cataract surgery can be intimidating. To help manage symptoms prior to surgery one can make minor adjustments to daily life. Implementing brighter lights and colors into your home and work place could improve the sharpness of your vision. In addition, polarized sunglasses and other protective sun wear and hats will help relieve glare in outdoor situations.
Depending on lifestyle, age, and desires, treatment options will vary. Cataract removal surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. The procedure itself consists of a small incision to remove the cataract. With advances in technology and approach, cataract removal allows for vision correction with little recovery time and side effects.
It is ultimately up to the patient and their doctor to determine whether or not cataract surgery is the most effective solution.
If you have cataracts, it is highly recommended to be screened regularly by your ophthalmologist for proper medical care.
Contact our knowledgeable team at Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan for an appointment today!