Should you have cataract surgery?
The older you get, the more chances there are of having eye problems. There are a lot of new techniques used for eye surgery, and the bottom line is~~ it is your decision on whether you need to have surgery.
Your final decision about your eye health and wellness will probably be based on your daily life. The question may be: Can I see well enough with my contact lenses or glasses? Can I delay surgery or avoid it?
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of your eye. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens. In order for you to see, the lens must be replaced. It can be replaced in 2 ways:
During surgery, the doctor may implant an artificial lens in the capsule that held the natural lens. Most catarat surgery uses this option. If needed, you may also wear eyeglasses or contact lenses after surgery.
In a few cases, the doctor may not be able to replace the lens. After your eye has recovered from surgery, you will be fitted with eyeglasses or contact lenses to compensate for the removal of your natural lens.
How effective is Cataract surgery?
If you do not have other types of problems with your eyes such as glaucoma, the success rate is very good. But you may still need reading glasses. Overall, your chances of seeing better after surgery are very good.
The most common one is clouding in the back part of the lens covering that remains after surgery. This cloudiness may develop gradually over a few months or years. This affects 1 in 4 people within 5 years after surgery.
If the cloudiness is a problem, there is a procedure: YAG posterior capsulotomy, to correct this problem.
But, less than 5% of people develop serious complications. The risk of blindness after surgery is very low.
Swelling of the retina (cystoid macular edema) which usually goes away after a few weeks.
New or different astigmatism, which can be treated with corrective lenses, and will not affect your eyesight.
Infection of the tissues of the eye ( endophthalmitis) which affects less than 1%. This can lead to blindness.
Inflammation of the cornea, glaucoma, retinal detachment and vision problems which can be caused by bits of the cataract that may have remained in the eye. The doctor can do a procedure called a vitrectomy to remove these particles and improve your vision.
What is normal after surgery?
Your vision may be cloudy for up to 3 months after cataract surgery. This will go away as the eye heals.
What are the risks of not having surgery?
The cataract and its effects on your vision will most likely continue to slowly get worse. This may affect your ability to do your daily activities and drive safely, especially at night. Vision problems may also lead to falls and accidents.
Remember that vision problems such as cataracts develop slowly over time, therefore you have time to think about whether to have surgery or not.
Weigh your pros and cons before you make any decision about your eye health and wellness.
Taken in part from WebMD. @ http://www.webmd.com/eye-health
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