Although it might sound scary knowing you have cataracts, modern technology advancements in cataract surgery mean that you are able to regain sight affected by cataracts. Depending on what IOL, or intraocular lens you choose, cataract surgery can also reduce your dependence on glasses as well. Keep reading to learn more about cataracts and how they affect your vision!
Cataracts Are Common
More than half of all Americans who are eighty and older have either had cataracts removed or currently have them. Cataracts are often called “age-related” for this reason. It’s important to be aware that people often start developing cataracts as early as the age of 40, but they likely won’t notice symptoms until years later.
The good news is that cataract surgery is a frequently performed procedure, with about 3 million surgeries completed each year in the United States alone. This is due to the fact that cataract surgery is one of the most effective and safest surgeries to undergo. Most patients who have cataract surgery report that their vision is significantly improved after recovery from the surgery.
Will I Need Immediate Surgery?
Most patients are able to temporarily correct their vision using prescription glasses or contacts. Cataract surgery is only necessary when your cataracts make it difficult to complete your everyday activities and severely impact your vision. The progression typically takes many years before cataract surgery is necessary for regaining your clear vision.
Will I Need Glasses After Cataract Surgery?
Needing glasses after cataract surgery depends entirely on what IOL you choose to have implanted during your surgery. If you choose standard intraocular lenses which are only designed to correct your distance vision, you’ll likely need reading glasses for near distance vision after your cataract surgery. This is a popular option, as many patients undergoing cataract surgery rely on Medicare to cover the cost of the procedure. If you require Medicare to pay for cataract surgery, only standard IOLs are covered.
When choosing premium IOLs, you’ll be able to see at all distances, both near and far. You may only need reading glasses for reading smaller print and will rely less on prescription glasses. Because they are premium, these IOLs cost more than standard IOLs. If you had excellent eyesight before cataracts, you may benefit from a pair of non-prescription glasses that are coated to protect against glare after cataract surgery.
Life After Cataract Surgery
After cataract surgery, many patients feel as though they’ve been given a second chance at life. Losing your sight, and clear vision, can feel isolating and is difficult to deal with. When cataracts are removed from your eyes, suddenly you can see the world again! Colors are brighter and more vibrant, since a cataract may make your vision seem like it’s tinted yellow or brown. Though your vision will fluctuate during recovery, life after cataract surgery is generally improved for patients.
Have additional questions about cataract surgery and if it may be time to remove your cataracts? Schedule a consultation with Stahl Eyecare Experts today!