Smile Senior Care has covered many elderly related ailments, and today we continue with eye health and how to stave off cataracts.
Cataract surgery is not painful
While the procedure can cause some discomfort, it rarely causes pain. After being sedated, the doctor will numb the eye and make a tiny incision where the cataract can be dissolved with ultrasound. Next the clouded lens with replaced with a synthetic lens. In an AARP Eye Health Study, 4 out of 5 people reported that the surgery was easier than expected.
You can’t tell if you need surgery
Unfortunately, most people with cataracts are not aware of how cloudy their vision has become. Prior to surgery, most say cataracts don’t interfere with their daily activities. Post procedure, 62% reported much better vision. The need for cataract surgery usually happens between 60 and 80, however cataracts can develop much earlier.
Cataracts can be side effects of bigger health issues
Cataracts are a known side effect of high blood pressure and diabetes. Cataracts are also linked to the use of steroid medications. “There are multiple links between systemic disease and the formation of cataracts,” says Brian Proctor, D.O., an ophthalmologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois.
It is not normal to see halos around lights
4 out of 5 in the AARP Eye Health Study who had cataract surgery found it easier to drive during both night and day. “Along with cloudy vision, halos are a classic symptom of cataracts”, says Proctor. Halos can also be a sign of corneal disease. If you are seeing halos, please have your eyes checked immediately.
Surgery can’t wait
While cataracts normally take years to develop, they can progress to a point where you will no longer be able to see. Although cataract surgeries almost always restores vision, doctor prefer that you schedule your surgery before your lenses harden. Hardened lenses makes cataract surgery more difficult.