Q: How soon do I need to have cataracts removed?
A: Everyone has a different level of tolerance for blurred vision, glary vision, dim vision, etc. Some people are simply more alert. If you enjoy detail work, whether on the computer, or reading, sewing, hobbies, crafts, etc., your cataract may need removal earlier. Similarly, if you
do a lot of night driving, or are active in sports such as tennis and golf, distance vision will be more important to you. A decrease in the distance vision, depending on how severe it is and how often it bothers you, would be a reason to schedule earlier cataract surgery.
In summary, it is the quality of life of the patient that determines when cataract surgery should be
Allowing the cataract to remain in the eye longer, assuming that you are driving safely, and not endangering yourself or others because of limited vision, is a reasonable alternative. In other words, there is minimal to no risk in waiting for cataract surgery. However, remember that while your cataract is still in your eye, the vision is still blurry and will remain so.
Q: How soon will my surgery be scheduled?
A: We are usually able to schedule surgery for you within one to three weeks.
Q: How successful is cataract removal?
A: The national rate of vision recovery after cataract surgery is 96% to 97%. In our practice, our rate approaches 99%.
Q: What happens if I wait opposed to having it removed now?
A: Vision will continue to decrease, driving will become more challenging, watching TV, sewing, reading, may become more difficult.
Q: What is the most likely threat to me?
A: Loss of eye sight-most drastic measure is doctor flicking the light switch off so room is dark.
Q: Will I go blind?
A: Yes… you can go blind. Doctor stresses the importance of treating glaucoma and measuring eye pressures.
Q: Is there any treatment for glaucoma and what are my options?
A: Diagnostic tests are shared with patient, ie: visual field and OCT so patient sees the degree of importance. Laser for treatment is introduced early on as well as which meds will work if any.