There are currently more than 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who have cataracts. If you are one of the many people who are experiencing the early symptoms of cataracts, you might be thinking about undergoing cataract surgery.
But if your cataracts aren’t having a measurable impact on your day-to-day life, you might also be a little hesitant to opt for surgery right away. Today we’ll look at a few signs that it’s time to seriously consider cataract surgery.
Your cataracts are making it difficult to see.
Cataracts typically develop as a normal part of the aging process, but they won’t prevent you from being able to see right away. It usually takes at least a few years, if not longer, for cataracts to have a serious impact on your vision.
- If you aren’t having trouble seeing, you probably don’t need to consider cataract surgery just yet. If you’ve noticed that objects appear cloudy and distorted, however, it’s probably time to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist right away.
Your cataracts have made it impossible to drive at night.
Cataracts can make it especially difficult for people to see in the dark. People with cataracts may see gauzy halos around light sources and have trouble navigating in low-light situations.
- If you’re no longer able to drive at night due to your impaired vision, cataract surgery can restore your night vision and improve your quality of life.
Other treatment options aren’t working.
You can try to compensate for your cataracts by incorporating more light into your home, or wearing polarized sunglasses to cut down on glare. Magnifying glasses can also make reading easier for people with cataracts.
- If you find that these coping mechanisms are becoming just as invasive as the cataracts themselves, cataract surgery is an excellent option to consider.
Interested in learning more about cataract surgery and its benefits? Call us today at 716-632-3545 to speak with an eye care expert at Ophthalmology Associates of Western New York!