Living with cataracts can be frustrating. Cataracts cause vision problems that can make daily tasks difficult. Fortunately, cataract surgery can restore clear vision and reduce related symptoms such as double vision, poor night vision, and light sensitivity.
Despite the obvious benefits, many people are afraid of having cataract surgery because of perceived risks. However, cataract surgery is generally a very safe procedure. There are four common myths about cataract surgery that unfortunately prevent people from taking advantage of this sight-saving operation.
Myth One: Cataracts must be allowed to fully mature before surgery can be done
Thanks to advances in the surgical procedures used to remove cataracts, the surgery can be carried out as soon as the cataract begins causing vision problems. Waiting until the cataract matures can lead to serious complications developing, so it is best to get the surgery done as soon as possible.
Myth Two: Cataracts can return after cataract surgery.
Cataracts do not return once the affected lens has been removed. Sometimes the vision can become cloudy after cataract surgery due to a condition known as posterior capsular opacification, but this complication can be quickly treated using a laser.
Myth Three: Younger people never need cataract surgery.
Although cataracts are more common in older people, this condition can affect people of any age. People of all ages need to get cataract surgery to restore their vision. Younger people should consider getting cataract surgery as soon as a cataract begins to interfere with their daily life.
Myth Four: Cataract surgery is a harrowing experience.
Advances in cataract surgery over the years mean that the surgery is now very safe and gives better results than ever before. A new technique for removing cataracts is HD cataract surgery, in which a laser is used to soften the cataract before it is removed. The laser can also be used to make incisions for the surgery, rather than using a scalpel. The recovery period after HD cataract surgery is very short, and the results are better than those achieved using older methods of cataract removal.
Now that these four myths about cataract surgery have been debunked, hopefully more people will feel able to undergo surgery to restore their vision and improve their quality of life. The first step is to consult a cataract surgeon who can give personalized advice about the surgery and its potential benefits.