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Cataract FAQs

At Campus Eye Group, we want you to know as much as you can about eye conditions and the procedures that can be done to treat them. For your convenience, below we have provided a list of some of the most common Cataract FAQs 

If you have a question that is not on the list below, please reach out us.  We would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Cataracts have a tendency to develop over the course of several years. That is why many people get them later in their lives. It is estimated that half of people who are over the age of 65 have cataracts. Almost everyone has cataracts in at least one eye by the age of 75. There are many conditions and behaviors that increase the risk of cataracts. The risk factors for cataracts include the following.

  • Tobacco or Alcohol Use
  • Prolonged Exposure to Ultraviolet Light
  • Certain medical conditions like diabetes

There are risks associated with cataract surgery just like every other procedure. Infection and bleeding are some of the possible risks. This is why if you take blood thinners, then you may be advised to stop taking them for a little while. Blood thinners can increase your risk of bleeding excessively during your procedure. It is important for you to keep your eyes clean and free of debris in order to minimize the risk of an infection. This will also ensure that your eyes heal properly.

Your chances of having complications after cataract surgery are low. If you follow all of the instructions that your eye doctor recommends, then your chances of having complications are even lower. There are several medications that are available if you do have complications.

Cataract surgery can increase the risk of retinal detachment. This condition does not cause any pain. Most people realize that they have this condition when they start seeing fine lines or specks. This is a rare condition, but you need to be aware of the fact that it is a potential risk.

It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of people will develop a secondary cataract. This is a condition that occurs when the lens becomes cloudy again. You may be able to get a less invasive treatment known as a YAG laser capsulotomy, which can be used to correct blurry vision. It can be completed in just 15 minutes.

You may have to wear glasses after you get cataract surgery. Intraocular lens implantation is the standard procedure that is used for cataract surgery. That is why you will likely need to wear computer glasses or reading glasses.

There are other options available. For example, you can get advanced lenses placed. You may not need to wear glasses if you get laser cataract surgery with premium implantable lenses. You may also be able to get monovision cataract surgery.

You should have minimal discomfort during surgery. You will be awake during the procedure, but you probably will not remember much about it. You will be given a mild sedative prior to your procedure. This will help you relax. Numbing eye drops may also be used to minimize pain.

Cataracts will gradually cause your vision to deteriorate, and your condition may continue to get worse if not treated. You will have a harder time driving, walking, and completing your daily activities. Additionally, you can go blind if your condition is not treated.

Early signs of cataracts include sensitivity to light, cloudy vision, dull colors and double vision. If your cataracts are treated early, these symptoms can be minimized. Early treatment can also slow down the progression of cataracts. You can alleviate your symptoms by wearing special glasses to protect your eyes from the sun.

You may also need to use reading lights or change the positioning of your lamps. While lifestyle changes can help alleviate your symptoms, you will eventually need surgery to save your vision.

You may not need to get cataracts treated right away if they are not causing any symptoms or problems with your daily life.  At Campus Eye Group we will monitor your condition and see how it progresses. If your vision has already started to suffer, then you will need to have surgery now. Keep in mind that Medicare and many insurance companies will only pay for your surgery if it has deteriorated to a certain point.