After the age of 40, our eyes start changing. During this time, the proteins in our lenses begin to break down, causing cataracts. Although they’re commonplace, cataracts can be problematic if left untreated. Advances in surgical care have made cataract removal less invasive. But some misconceptions make people wary about cataract surgery. If you’re considering cataract surgery, it’s crucial to understand misconceptions.
Addressing myths about cataract surgery is the key to peace of mind and clear vision.
Myth 1: Cataract Surgery Isn’t Safe
For some people, the thought of surgery is enough to send them running for the hills. Some people believe cataract surgery is risky.
Studies show that 4 million people have cataract surgery every year. With so many people electing for the procedure, you can rest assured that the risk of danger is low.
Myth 2: Cataracts Grow Back After Surgery
There is a prevalent belief that cataracts can grow back. The misunderstood nature of cataracts perpetuates this belief. Many think cataracts are growths that form over the eye. But, a cataract is different from a foreign body on your eyeball. A cataract is a cloudy area that develops in your eye lens from breakdowns in proteins in your eye. Since cataracts aren’t a foreign body, they can’t ‘grow back’ as some suggest.
Myth 3: Cataracts Always Need Surgery
Your treatment options for cataracts vary with your symptoms. New glasses or brighter lighting can improve mild symptoms like seeing faded colors. Cataract surgery treats more severe symptoms that affect your everyday activities.
Myth 4: You Have to Wait For Surgery
Another myth about cataracts is they have to be severe before you can have them removed. Before medical advancements, this was the case. But, research suggests that early intervention can reduce the effects of cataracts. Modern technology allows us to address cataracts before they become dangerous. So, waiting for cataracts to get worse before removing them isn’t necessary.
Myth 5: Recovery From Cataract Surgery is Difficult
Many people are afraid of a lengthy recovery from cataract surgery. Although you may experience some blurred vision for a few days, it improves fast. Most patients can get back to regular activities the next day.
Talk to a Professional
If you have questions about cataract surgery, Dr. Brian Groat is here to help you. Schedule a consultation with our Wilmington office by calling today at (910) 769-4590.