Cataracts: How to Assess the Timing of Removal

cataractAccording to statistics, more people develop cataracts than glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration combined. This condition is clearly very common. It is also relatively serious and should be followed by an experienced ophthalmologist. If not managed appropriately, cataracts, or the clouding and thickening of the eye’s natural lens, could lead to blindness. It doesn’t matter how old you are, this is a consequence that we think you would want to avoid.

Even in the face of potentially serious consequences, the general idea about cataracts is that the timing of removal can be left up to each individual patient. We agree, and would not push treatment that a patient is not ready for. Here, we will take a look at some of the ways you may know when the timing is right for your situation.

  • Your cataracts are currently being addressed with lifestyle habits like healthy diet and eye-health supplements, eyeglasses, and / or improved lighting throughout your home or office, but you are not seeing as clearly as you’d like.
  • Your “get up and go” has got up and left! Today, people are staying much more active into their later years than previous generations. If your body and mind are able to keep up, you don’t want your eyes holding you back from the active lifestyle you envision for yourself. Removing cataracts can keep you physically active as long as you’d like.
  • Your world is shrinking. Even if you do not consider yourself an active person in terms of physical performance, a long and happy life may involve walks on the beach or in the park, spending time with children and grandchildren – and great-grandchildren! Often, we find that the more clouded vision becomes, the less a person wants to go places or perform once-loved activities. Removing cataracts could expand your world and keep you connected.
  • You fear losing your independence. Clouded vision gets in the way of some very important tasks. Driving is one of them. In particular, night-driving can present frustration and unnecessary stress.

At Aloha Eye Clinic, patients receive the assessment and support they need to determine how to manage eye health, including the timing for cataract removal. Call us in Kihei or Wailuku for a consultation.

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