October 13, 2022
As we grow older our eyes grow with us and change with every decade we age. One of the significant changes that many people may experience when they get to 40 years old is the formation of cataracts. You may start to notice that your vision is getting blurry over time.
There is not one major cause of cataract formation; it is often a natural occurrence. When left untreated, cataracts can lead to complete vision loss. You should see your doctor if you notice that your vision is becoming blurry or cloudy. Most experts advise that you have regular vision exams once you turn 40.
Read on to learn about cataracts and three significant signs that you are a good candidate for cataract surgery.
Cataracts occur when your eye's lens becomes cloudy and hardens. This happens when the proteins that occur naturally in your eye's lens collect on the surface. They cause the yellowing of the lens and its eventual hardening.
There is only one treatment available for cataracts—surgery. However, you do not need to have the surgery immediately if you notice you have cataracts. You need to consult your eye doctor to know when surgery is necessary.
The primary outcome of cataracts is loss of vision. You can adjust when they begin to form by using brighter light or magnifying glasses. But when these methods of easing your symptoms stop working, it is time to get the surgery.
Usually, eye doctors may not wait for your vision to get as bad. They may consider your lifestyle and your work and how much they are affected by cataracts.
Cataract surgery can also help correct other eye conditions like hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. Most people report having better eyesight after the surgery than before.
Cataracts can significantly affect the quality of life that you have. They will interfere with your daily activities and even the things you do that make you happy. You may notice you cannot watch TV or play sports.
Cataracts will make it unsafe to do some things on your own. For instance, you cannot drive safely when your cataracts reach a particular stage. You will become a hazard to yourself and other drivers. You may also bump into things when you walk or fall easily.
For more signs you’re a good candidate for cataract surgery, visit Modern iCare Optometry at our office in Palm Desert, California. Call 760-674-7272 to book an appointment today.