A cataract is a common condition that affects older adults making their vision cloudy or blurry and develops when protein builds up in the eye’s natural lens. This keeps light from passing through clearly and makes the vision foggy. If a cataract goes untreated, it can even lead to vision loss.

 In earlier times, cataracts used to be operated on only when they attained maturity, however, with newer technologies, the cataracts are crushed inside the eye so it is much easier & safer to get cataract surgeries done much earlier.

  • What are Cataracts?

The natural lens in the eye is obvious, but will naturally become cloudy with age- referred to as a ‘cataract’. Eventually, the vision becomes hazy and the lens will need to be removed, as it causes blurred vision, and oftentimes is associated with nighttime glare.

  • What Happens During A Cataract Surgery?

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed, and a clear artificial lens is usually implanted. In some cases, however, a cataract may be removed without implanting an artificial lens. Surgical methods used to remove cataracts include: Using an ultrasound probe to break up the lens for removal

  • What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Symptoms of cataracts include Clouded, blurred, or dim vision. Also, reduced quality of night vision is often associated with nighttime glare with driving. Many patients will also note difficulty reading and the fading of colors.

  • Does my cataract need to be mature to have it removed?

That was the case in the past when cataracts had to be removed in one piece. Now, we use ultrasound and laser technology to break the cataract into smaller pieces for removal – this means it is better if the lens is softer (i.e. immature) to aid the fragmentation process. The length of the patient’s surgery and recovery are both shorter if the cataract is immature when operated on.

  • When is the Best Time for Cataract Surgery?

You must ultimately decide when the best time will be to proceed with the surgery. The decision is based on your symptoms, and how much difficulty you may be having with visual tasks. Ultimately, the right time is when you wish to see better and improve your vision.

If you need cataract surgery in both eyes, your surgeon usually will wait at least a few days for your first eye to recover before performing the procedure on the second eye. In most cases, the other eye is operated upon very quickly to ensure binocular vision.

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