How Do You Know When You Need Cataract Surgery? | Cataract Surgery

4 Signs You Need Cataract Surgery

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Cataracts are a very common issue to deal with as we age. They occur when the proteins in the lens of the eye clump together and cloud your vision.

While it is possible to live with cataracts, you’ll need to consider cataract surgery. When should you get cataract surgery?

For most, that time comes when your cataracts become a hindrance to your quality of life. Keep reading for 3 signs that you need cataract surgery!

1. Trouble While Driving

One of the main symptoms of cataracts is experiencing glare and halos. This can range from being annoying to dangerous, particularly while driving at night.

Some forms of insurance consider cataract-affected vision acuity below 20/40 to be a qualifying factor for a surgery that is “medically necessary” and will cover cataract surgery. 20/40 is the legal driving vision required without mandated correction.

Your safety, as well as the safety of those in your vehicle and those on the road, depends on the correction of this.

2. Glare

With certain kinds of cataracts, you may experience pain due to light sensitivity. This glare can be stressful and dangerous when engaging in high-risk activities like driving or sports.

Glare is not a rare symptom of cataracts, but it is less common than other symptoms.

3. Color Fade

Cataracts themselves are often discolored and may make other things look more yellow or brown. This causes your vision to also change in color.

You may start seeing things with less contrast and more of a yellowish tint.

4. Sudden Improvement of Vision

Sometimes a phenomenon called “second sight” can occur with cataracts. With second sight, vision will suddenly improve. It may even mean a reduction in cataract symptoms.

It’s most likely to occur if someone has nuclear cataracts, which form in the center of the lens. The problem with second sight is that vision improvement only lasts for a short period of time.

After this time, symptoms will continue to worsen. If you notice your vision improving unexpectedly, don’t be fooled. If you notice any changes (good or bad) to your vision, let your eye doctor know.

Cataracts Are The Leading Cause Of Blindness

The leading cause of blindness in the world is leaving cataracts untreated. Don’t let it happen to you! Cataract surgery is a quick and successful outpatient surgery that is often covered by insurance.

Recovery from cataract surgery is easy and many patients end up with the best vision they’ve ever had, thanks to a premium lens. Talk to your eye doctor about your lens options before cataract surgery.

Your vision and eye health is an important part of the way you experience life and should be a priority. Contact Westlake Eye Specialists if you suspect that you are beginning to develop cataracts as soon as possible.

Although cataracts are not removed until they affect your daily life, it’s important to track their progress. Seeing your eye doctor regularly is the best way to ensure you have them removed at the right time.

Ready to stop living with the debilitating symptoms of cataracts? Schedule a cataract screening at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX today!