The only way to remove a cataract, or clouded lens in your eye, is through cataract surgery. However, the right time to undergo cataract surgery depends on the individual. There is no age or stage of progression that is right for everyone. If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, keep reading to learn if and when you should remove them.
Signs That It’s Time for Cataract Surgery
A cataract diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean that you need surgery immediately. Though everyone is different, most cataracts tend to develop slowly. In the early stages, you may not notice any changes in your vision. As the condition progresses, you can rely on prescription glasses and stronger lighting to overcome the minor visual issues you might experience. In many cases, individuals do not need cataract surgery until they are in their 60s or beyond.
Over time, your cataracts may start to significantly impair your vision. In the later stages, it might seem like you are looking through a foggy glass. If your cataracts are interfering with your ability to perform normal activities and affecting the quality of your life, it’s time to consider surgery.
Pursuing cataract surgery can have a significant positive impact on your life. Studies suggest that cataract surgery can lower your risk of being involved in a car crash or falling. In addition, the procedure may help protect brain function and slow cognitive decline.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical options:
- Are my cataracts interfering with my ability to see at night?
- Are my cataracts standing between me and my hobbies or my job?
- Are my cataracts keeping me from the outdoor activities that I love?
- Have other ways of managing my cataracts stopped working?
What Happens If You Don’t Remove Cataracts?
The decision to remove cataracts is a choice. Our cataract surgeons understand that it's tempting to postpone the procedure for as long as possible. However, it’s important to be aware of the consequences that come with avoiding cataract surgery when you truly need it.
Left untreated, cataracts can continue to worsen. Eventually, they may cause legal blindness and even total blindness. They can even become “hyper-mature”, meaning they may be more difficult to remove or more likely to cause complications.
Schedule Your New Jersey Cataract Surgery Consultation
Modern laser cataract surgery is a simple, painless process that is over within minutes. If you aren’t sure if your cataracts are advanced enough to warrant surgery, please schedule a consultation.
Dr. Omar Almallah has performed over 25,000 cataract procedures. He knows how to tell when it is in your best interest to move forward with eye surgery, and when it is appropriate to wait.
Don’t hesitate to get an experienced opinion regarding your cataracts. Call 732-349-5622 today to schedule a consultation with our highly-trained doctors. At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we have convenient locations in Manalapan Township, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey.