For people with cataract, the world is like looking through a foggy window which makes it difficult to read, drive cars, and do normal day to day activities. But what exactly is a cataract? Well, in simple words, cataract is a cloudy patch that forms over the lens of the eye which interferes with your vision.
It happens over time and forms clusters that prevent the lens from sending the image to the retina. A cataract is one of the most common vision problems, and it’s very common among people above 50 years of age.
A cataract develops slowly which is why most people ignore it, as it doesn’t trouble your vision in the initial stage but, with time, it can be problematic.
How do you know you have it?
- Blurry, clouded or dim vision
- Trouble seeing during the night or in a dark place
- Are you becoming sensitive to light and glare?
- Halos surrounding lights
- Double vision in the affected eye
- Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription
When to see a doctor
Visit your doctor if you experience changes in your vision such as flashes of light, double vision, sudden headache, eye pain or require a constant change in prescribed glasses. It is important to get your eyes checked right away to avoid any further complications.
What happens when the cataract is left untreated?
Cataract is one of the most common causes of vision loss, particularly for those over 50. In fact, there are more cases of vision loss due to cataract, than glaucoma. People become partially blind or it could lead to complete blindness if untreated for a long period. If you don’t treat cataract, it may become hyper-mature, a condition which makes it very difficult to remove it or could cause complications during the otherwise-simple surgery.
Can it be treated?
Cataract can be treated with simple surgery. It’s an outpatient surgery, meaning the patient can leave the same day.
Cataract surgery is common and painless
When people hear the word ‘surgery’, fear immediately kicks in but cataract surgery is one of the most common surgery world over. It’s also the safest type. The surgeon will, basically, remove your lens and replace it with a new manmade one. The success rate of cataract surgery is very high as 95 percent of people who have got the surgery done to say they can see better afterward.
Post the cataract surgery, patients could feel itching and mild discomfort, while fluid discharge is also common. However, after a day or two, discomfort should disappear. The problem after surgery is very rare, so your recovery time should be short and uneventful, provided a timely surgery is done.
Don’t panic if your vision is blurry after you remove the eye shield. It should take a few hours for your eye to adjust to the removal of the cataract and adjust to the new one.
Usually, you will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon the next day to ensure there is no complication.
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