If you live to be 75 or older, you have greater than a 50 percent chance of losing your sight to cataracts, but timely treatment not only can save your sight, it can give you better vision than you ever had before. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about cataracts from your ophthalmologist in Southfield, Livonia, and Dearborn MI at Michigan Eyecare.
Is eye surgery for cataracts something I have to have right away?
Cataracts usually cause eye loss slowly. The earliest sign of a cataract can be that you know something is wrong with your vision, but aren't quite sure what. It may get harder and harder to see objects at a distance. Maybe you can still read a computer screen and your phone, but you can't see the TV as clearly as you used to. Then you may notice halos around lights. Eventually, sight loss from cataracts becomes severe. But eye surgery for cataracts is almost never an emergency.
Why me? Are cataracts unusual?
Most people eventually develop cataracts. Genetics is involved, but exposure to UV rays from sunlight and chemicals inside and outside your body also cause cataracts.
Cataracts can occur at any age. Even babies can develop cataracts. They most commonly start to cause sight loss after age 55, and by the age of 75, about half of people have them. Fortunately, our ophthalmologist has lots of experience treating them.
Will eye surgery for cataracts hurt?
The only way to treat cataracts is to remove the diseased lens and replace it with a new plastic lens. It's a lens in your eye instead of on your eye or in eyeglasses. The doctor makes an incision at the top of the lens, removes it, and puts in a new lens. Your eye is numbed so there is no pain during the eye surgery and very seldom any pain afterward. You will need to follow your ophthalmologist's instructions for anti-inflammatory drops for up to several weeks after your surgery to prevent inflammation and irritation.
Some patients have dramatic improvements in vision the next day, and some patients have continuously improving vision over a longer period. Over 95 percent of patients achieve better vision with cataract surgery. Since cataract surgery involves putting a new lens in your eye, you get permanent vision correction. If you don't also have diabetic retinopathy, it's often even possible to implant a bifocal lens so you won't need reading glasses.
The best source for treatment before and after your eye surgery is your ophthalmologist. Our Michigan Eyecare Institute ophthalmologist in Southfield, Livonia, or Dearborn will take the time to answer all your questions and make sure you are ready for new vision after eye surgery.
Make your appointment with Michigan Eyecare today!
Michigan Eyecare has offices in Livonia, Southfield, and Dearborn. Request your appointment online or call us at (248) 352-2806 in Southfield, (734) 464-7800 in Livonia, or (313) 582-7440 in Dearborn.