Do cataracts need to be ripe for surgery?

Cataracts do not need to be removed just because they are present and It is not true that cataracts need to be “ripe” before they can be removed. You and your doctor should decide together when surgery is appropriate based on your symptoms.

How do you know when a cataract is ripe?

Glare from lights making driving more uncomfortable, the need for brighter lights to read, and a general feeling that your vision “is just not as good as it used to be”, are all signs that your natural lenses may be losing their clarity. Believe it or not, these are the beginnings of cataracts!

At what stage should cataracts be removed?

In most cases, you need surgery when blurry vision and other symptoms of a cataract starts to interfere with daily activities like reading or driving. There is no drug or eye drop to prevent or treat cataracts. Removing them is the only treatment.

Can you wait too long for cataract surgery?

Patients who wait more than 6 months for cataract surgery may experience negative outcomes during the wait period, including vision loss, a reduced quality of life and an increased rate of falls.

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How long does it take for a cataract to get ripe?

In some cases patients see well the day after cataract surgery. Other patients see well a few days after surgery, and still others may need a full month or several weeks before reaching maximum vision improvement.

What is the average age to have cataract surgery?

In most people, cataracts start developing around age 60, and the average age for cataract surgery in the United States is 73. However, changes in the lenses of our eyes start to affect us in our 40’s.

Is a cataract operation painful?

Cataract surgery involves removing your cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. It is normally performed as day surgery under local anaesthetic, so you are awake but your eye will not feel any pain. You will not be able to see properly during the operation, but you may notice bright lights or colours.

What are the negatives of cataract surgery?

The main disadvantage of cataract surgery is that it’s not as precise as laser surgery. It would be a mistake to go ahead with laser surgery if you had a cataract because it’s likely that the cataract would interfere with the visual results you could achieve after laser refractive surgery.

Is cataract surgery painful?

Cataract surgery is not painful. While patients are awake during surgery, there is little or no discomfort involved. A mild sedative may be administered before the surgery, which calms the nerves, and eye drops are used to numb the eye.

Can you be alone after cataract surgery?

Immediately after cataract surgery

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You will need to have a family member or friend with you to take you home. Once you get home, it is recommended that you rest your eyes and nap.

What are restrictions after cataract surgery?

Do not wear eye makeup for 1 to 2 weeks. You may also want to avoid face cream or lotion. Do not get your hair coloured or permed for 10 days after surgery. Do not bend over or do any strenuous activities, such as biking, jogging, weight lifting, or aerobic exercise, for 2 weeks or until your doctor says it is okay.

Can cataracts grow quickly?

Because most age-related cataracts typically develop over a span of years, it’s a relatively slow process. However, some types of cataracts may develop faster, such as in individuals with diabetes, where cataracts can develop rapidly.