Cataracts are a common problem, but one that is correctable. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25.7 million people age 40 and up in the U.S. have cataracts. That number is expected to grow to 45.6 million over the next few decades. Good eye health is important, and that means knowing when a procedure is or isn’t needed.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery usually starts with a mild sedative. The doctor will also put anesthetic eye drops into the affected eye to prevent any discomfort. During the procedure, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens, also known as an IOL. If there are no complications, the process should take around 10 minutes.
The patient will be moved to a recovery area until sedation wears off, which can take up to an hour. Vision is greatly improved immediately after surgery, but doctors will generally advise against driving and similar activities for at least 24 hours.
Signs That You Need Cataract Surgery
If your cataracts are not causing issues with your vision, then you do not need to have surgery yet. Once they start to impede on your ability to live safely and independently, then it is time to talk to an ophthalmologist about surgery. Ask yourself if the cataracts are:
- Preventing you from completing daily activities
- Preventing you from working in your occupation
- Interfering with your ability to drive safely
- Interfering with your ability to enjoy outdoor activities
If you answer yes to any of these, then it may be time to have your cataracts removed. If you are uncertain, the best option is to talk to a professional. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey at our Southeast Michigan ophthalmologist office today to schedule a consultation.