With cataracts, daily activities and participation in life may become more challenging. Thankfully, you can have them surgically removed through a fairly simple and common procedure. Cataract surgery is now an outpatient procedure that may be completed in about twenty minutes or less. North Suburban Eye Associates can all evaluate patients to see if they are good candidates for this procedure.
If you’re unsure whether or not to come in for a consultation, here are three major signs that indicate you might benefit from cataract surgery:
1. Cloudy or Blurry Vision
If cataracts are to blame for your foggy or blurred vision, you may find relief with cataract surgery, which involves replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial one.
One of the most typical symptoms of a cataract is clouded or blurred vision. Cataracts obscure the eye’s natural lens, making it difficult to focus on things.
If you have cloudy or blurry vision but are unsure if cataracts may be the reason, you should schedule an appointment with an eye specialist as soon as possible.
2. Vision Issues at Night
Cataract surgery may be a possibility for those who are experiencing problems seeing at night because of cataracts. Nyctalopia, often called night blindness, is a condition in which a person has trouble seeing in low light conditions.
When a cataract is surgically removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL), the patient’s eyesight often improves dramatically. This is a common observation among persons who engage in activities like nighttime driving or walking.
3. Frequent Eye Prescription Changes
Cataracts cause the eye’s natural lens to become cloudier, which may impair vision and need a change in corrective lenses. As a result, your prescription for glasses or contacts may need to be updated more often than usual.
Although correcting your prescription glasses may help you see better in the short term, it is important to remember that a cataract can worsen. Ultimately, even stronger glasses won’t be able to let the required amount of light through for you to see well. In this case, you may need to have it surgically removed.