What Happens If I Don’t Have Cataract Surgery?

Cataract Surgery Ocala, FLCataracts cause the most vision loss of any eye disease. This condition does so by affecting the natural lens of the eye. The lens is the front part of the eye through which light passes before any other structure. Cataracts are tiny particles of protein that have clumped together. The more particles that accumulate, the more cloudy and rigid the natural lens becomes. Cataracts are progressive and nearly always cause a gradual loss of vision. The good news is that vision can be restored by removing the damaged lens and replacing it with an ultra-thin artificial structure.

Over the years, cataract surgery has improved substantially. Still, many people put off cataract removal. Some question whether they need surgery at all. The timing of cataract surgery is completely up to the individual. Generally, patients consult with their eye doctor when the symptoms of their condition become difficult to ignore. The primary symptom of cataracts is cloudy vision. At first, this dulls colors. Over time, objects in the distance and up close become difficult to see.

When cataracts severely affect vision, patients suffer unnecessary risks and frustrations. Without cataract surgery, one may experience:

  • Difficulty seeing at night, which can make night-driving unsafe.
  • A disruption in their daily activities, which can prevent them from doing things they enjoy.
  • An increase in falls or “clumsy” accidents.
  • Complete clouding of vision.

When is the Right Time for You?

If cataracts are not preventing you from driving safely, conducting your work, and engaging in activities you enjoy and that are good for your physical and emotional well-being, there may be no rush to have them removed. However, visual clarity will continue to degrade as cataracts progress. Having cataract removal surgery before symptoms become severe means regaining sharp, clear vision sooner rather than later. Also, the surgical procedure itself may be less complicated when the lens is still somewhat flexible and clear.

Currently, surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. Surgery is straightforward, safe, and effective. Within a few days, patients are typically back to light, normal activity.

Learn more about cataract removal surgery at Central Florida Eye Institute. Call (352) 237-8400 to schedule a consultation in our Ocala office.

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