Deciding when to have a Cataract Surgery

After completion of your initial eye examination and consultation with us, we guide you in your decision on when you need to have a cataract surgery. Cataract surgery being an elective procedure, the time for the procedure is mutually discussed; however the final decision lies with you.

Difficult to take a decision?

  • Our painless surgical procedures and extensive use of advanced technology helps in faster post operative recovery.
  • Understanding the symptoms, risks and treatment of cataract helps in taking the decision for cataract surgery.
  • With a wide array of intraocular lenses to choose from, it could be a difficult decision. Our advise during consultation helps you to make the right choice depends on your need, life style and eye condition.
  • With the expertise of our well experienced surgeons you could have an enhanced surgical experience.

A common myth regarding cataracts is that cataracts need to be mature enough for surgery. This may not be required with the latest advances in cataract surgery. Moreover cataracts are likely to harden as stages advance leading to more complications during surgical removal and also higher risk of other issues like glaucoma or other age related complications etc.

Symptoms and Indication:

Deterioration of vision may not always be an indicator for cataract surgery. For example: Although vision may be 20/20 still cataract surgery may be required. Some for work conditions that require fine vision, even glare could affect their Pilot, Drivers etc. Nevertheless any symptoms of cataract like blurred vision, halos or glare etc. should not be ignored. Intervention and treatment at right time is important.

Decreased vision and quality of life:

Cataracts disrupt your quality of life. Cataracts need treatment anyway; the only treatment being a surgery. There is no advantage of postponing treatment because delay can worsen the cataract. Moreover as age progresses other aliments like diabetes or heart related issues could make surgery complicated and risky. The risks of accidents would be much higher without treatment. Furthermore you are restrained from doing the work that you want to do because of the decrease in vision. In case of cataracts that cannot be operated upon or those that do not need immediate surgical intervention, our surgeon would advise other options and the roadmap of treatment.

If both the eyes require surgery, it is advisable to maintain a time gap between the surgeries before proceeding with the second eye. Usually a week’s gap is acceptable. This is to avoid infection and giving time to the first eye to heal comfortably. During your consultation you could get your doubts clarified in order to have a proper understanding of your treatment process.

Get rid of glasses: Decrease in vision is often corrected with corrective glasses. Today, cataract surgery can aid in getting rid of glasses as well. According to the type of lens used, one can opt for lenses which give you an advantage of being able to see near, intermediate and distant vision clearly, without need of glasses. These are multifocal or accommodative lenses. This enables you to get rid of cataract as well as be least dependent on glasses.

As the symptoms and eye conditions differ from each eye, the treatment options and guidance from eye specialists is vital.

Consultation at the right time would help you to take the right decision on your cataract surgery.


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