Is your vision blurry or foggy? These are classic signs of cataracts.
If you have cataracts, they can prevent you from performing activities like reading and driving. You may even be less interested in social activities and start to become less independent.
Cataracts are quite common. By the age of 80, over half of Americans will develop a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
If your prescription is constantly changing, you have blurry vision, or your eye doctor suggested surgery, keep reading to learn why you should consider cataract surgery!
1. Cataract Surgery is Safe and Fast
In the U.S. alone, over 3.2 million cataract surgeries are performed every year. It’s one of the most effective and safest procedures you can have.
It usually takes 20 minutes or less to perform. After recovery, most people can get back to their normal activities pretty quickly.
Before the procedure starts, you can receive a sedative to help you relax. You’ll also receive numbing eye drops to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
2. Reduce Your Dependence on Contacts and Glasses
Depending on the IOL you select, you may be able to reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. Some IOLs are for more than one distance while others are only for near vision and others can correct distance vision.
No matter what kind of IOL you choose, patients usually have better vision after cataract surgery.
3. Enhances Your Quality of Life
While cataracts are not noticeable when you first have them, they can interfere with everyday activities as they develop. If they prevent you from doing the things you love, your eye doctor will recommend having them removed.
After surgery, patients report re-discovering the joy in daily activities. They can enjoy their favorite pastimes again, without feeling inhibited by cataracts.
4. Enables You to Read
Cataracts make it hard to read texts on colored backgrounds like purple, green, or blue. This makes it almost impossible to read things on some websites, magazine articles, and brochures.
Making the choice to have cataract surgery will give you the ability to distinguish colors and read different kinds of texts again.
5. Gives You the Ability to Drive at Night
At some point, cataracts make it hard to drive at night. This is because cataracts often cause halos and glare around headlights.
This makes it much more difficult and even unsafe to drive after dark. But after cataract surgery, these symptoms go away for most people.
That means you can go back to driving at any time of day, including after dark.
6. Having Cataract Surgery Can Help with Your Mental Health
For some people, having cataracts develop can lead to depression. This is true even if you only have a cataract in one eye.
Losing even some of your vision can make you more reliant on people and make you less independent. Losing this independence can result in depression.
Having cataract surgery can absolutely help with improving your vision and your mental health!
Your Vision Matters
Cataract surgery can improve your vision, make you happier, restore your independence, and prolong your life. Want to know whether you are a candidate for cataract surgery?
Schedule a cataract screening at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ today! Don’t let fear stand in your way of seeing the world clearly again!