If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, you may wonder when would be a good time to visit an eye doctor to have them removed. The answer is quite simple—when your problem vision starts getting in the way of your ability to ably perform the duties and activities that you’re used to.
A cataract should not be removed simply because you have it. Many people that have the condition don’t even know they have it until it starts interfering with their vision. In such cases, it would be completely unnecessary to undergo cataract surgery which is the only viable treatment for cataracts. With that in mind, here are a few situations that tell you it’s time for you to consider cataract surgery.
- You can’t read the street signs unless you’re very close to them.
- You can no longer drive at night.
- You’re finding it more and more difficult to read small texts.
- Everything you see appears hazy and foggy.
- You find it difficult to engage in hobbies that require keen vision, such as knitting or crocheting.
If both of your eyes have cataracts, the surgeries are usually performed one to two weeks apart, depending on how fast the primary surgery heals. Simultaneous cataract surgery on both eyes is not recommended because complications can arise from the procedure, which can leave you unable to use both your eyes.
Aside from restoring vision, cataract surgery can also help correct eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It can even reduce the need for reading glasses.