4 Things to Know This Cataract Awareness Month
These unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been hectic, and almost everyone’s daily routine has been altered in some way, shape, or form. If you’ve had to postpone your cataract surgery while social distancing, now is the time to prioritize your eyes and vision during Cataract Awareness Month! Below are four things you need to know about cataracts and cataract surgery.
- Cataracts are natural
Cataracts develop naturally through the process of aging. Over time, the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, leading to visual impairment. Unfortunately, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world. However, they can be treated with highly effective cataract surgery and vision-improving intraocular lenses (IOLs).
- Cataracts impact your vision
It’s important to note that there are several different varieties of cataracts, three of which are subcapsular, nuclear, and cortical. Although each type has different symptoms associated with them, common cataract symptoms include blurry and cloudy vision, spots in vision, sensitivity to glare and bright lights, difficulty driving, and difficulty seeing at night.
- Cataracts have controllable and uncontrollable risk factors
Though cataracts do develop naturally due to age, there are certain habits that can lead to a higher risk of developing cataracts early. Risk factors such as smoking, having diabetes, or using steroids over a long time can increase the chances of developing cataracts. However, with regular preventative eye care—including visits with your eye doctor—you can reduce your risk of sustaining vision loss by diagnosing and treating your cataracts early.
- Cataracts are treatable!
Cataract removal is an advanced surgery with a high success rate. During surgery, our surgeons will remove your cloudy lens and replace it with an IOL. Our experts work vigorously to ensure you have a safe, comfortable experience. The recovery process only takes a few days; soon you will be fully recovered and able to enjoy the clear, cataract-free vision you deserve.
Get your best vision!
We know these times are stressful. Not being able to see the world in front of you only adds to that stress! After cataract surgery, you will be able to get back to enjoying the things you love with clear vision and a higher quality of life. Contact us at Columbus Laser and Cataract Center to make an appointment for healthier, clearer vision today!