Cataracts are an inevitable part of getting older. Everyone will get them at some point in their life as part of the aging process.
Cataracts usually grow very slowly and may take years before they fully develop. Since they take so long to develop, it can be difficult to tell when it is time to have them removed.
You can actually live with cataracts for years and not even notice their effects. At some point, though, the day will come when you need to have them removed. Here’s how you’ll know.
Attending More Eye Doctor Appointments
As you get older, you should be going to see your eye doctor. This is especially true if you are sixty years old and up. Cataracts are not the only eye issue that becomes more likely as you age.
Many age-related eye problems are more serious. With cataracts, your eye doctor will be able to give you accurate information on their progress. They may even be able to give you an estimate on when it will be time for cataract surgery to remove them.
You can set up an appointment right now at Takle Eye to keep yourself up to date on your vision health needs.
You can expect your vision to become blurrier as a cataract grows. Until it is impeding your lifestyle, your doctor will probably recommend you wait.
As safe as cataract surgery is, there is no need to take any risk until you have to. If you are finding it difficult to drive, especially at night, it’s likely time for cataract surgery. Never drive if you feel unsafe doing so.
Certain kinds of cataracts may make you more sensitive to light. Due to the shape and positioning of the cataract, it may cause light to scatter inside of your eye.
This causes the light to bounce around painfully. This is uncomfortable, distracting, and can have a negative effect on your quality of life.
Frequent Prescription Changes
Does it feel like you need a new prescription every month? If you can’t keep up with how fast you need new glasses, it might be time for cataract surgery.
At some point, the investment into new glasses is no longer worth the trouble.
In some cases, cataracts are known to cause you to see double images of whatever it is you are focusing on. This phenomenon known as double vision or “ghosting” can be very disorienting.
It generally subsides when the cataract grows larger.
Before your surgery date, you’ll need to attend a cataract screening. At your cataract screening, your eye doctor will take a final look at your eyes.
They will also inform you about the upcoming procedure. You will need to follow specific instructions for before and after cataract surgery. This is the best way to ensure you will have successful results. Use your cataract screening to ask any questions you may have about the procedure or the recovery process.
Think it may be time for cataract surgery? Schedule a cataract screening at Takle Eye Group in Griffin, GA now!