When is the right time to have cataract surgery?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.2 million Americans over 40 develop cataracts. When you begin to notice a change in your vision, it is essential to have your eyes assessed by an eye care professional. However, finding out that you have developed cataracts does not mean that you should have surgery immediately.

Cataracts are slow-growing, so it may be years before your cataracts become an issue. However, while painless, they can transversely affect your vision and quality of life. At the same time, well-developed cataracts can be hard to remove.

There are several factors to consider when deciding the right time to remove your cataracts. First, your eye doctor will assess the level of vision impairment occurring due to cataracts. When eyeglasses and lighting no longer compensate for your blurry vision, it's time to have the surgery. Cataract surgery can also correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Cataracts can diminish the type of life you lead. You will have difficulty reading, watching television, cooking, driving, and playing golf. When you lose your independence and can no longer do the things you love, it is time to make a change. Safety is a huge factor when deciding when cataract surgery is right for you. If you can no longer read road signs and trip over things, you are putting yourself and others at risk. Further, cataracts can cause eye inflammation and glaucoma, so it may be prudent to remove them before other issues develop.

New Vision Eye Center can help you to navigate your cataract needs. For assistance, contact us online at New Vision Eye Center or call 772.257.8700 for more information or schedule a consultation with a member of our world-class eye care team.