When to Consider Cataract Surgery

When to Consider Cataract Surgery
Posted on 10/15/2020

At Howerton Eye Clinic, our ophthalmologists and eye doctors work day in and day out to ensure the highest quality eye care for our patients. It is our goal to provide a life time crystal clear vision to all of our patients. That being said, if an eye issue arises, we are your eye care experts, especially if you are suffering from cataracts. We also understand that seeing the eye doctor has become more difficult because of COVID-19. We will work with you to ensure you can safely attend an eye exam or participate in a TeleHealth virtual appointment to address any cataract issues you may be experiencing. You can feel confident knowing that our team of skilled doctors has the utmost experience with cataract surgery, you are in good hands!

Cataract Overview

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A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye begins to cloud, causing vision to blur. Within the eye, the lens allows us to focus light and see objects in detail; if this is not functioning properly, clear vision can be difficult. Cataracts are very common in one or both eyes as you age. Cataracts don't cause any pain, but they do cause vision to blur at both close and long range. This can make everything from reading to driving difficult.

Cataract Surgery

To correct a cataract, cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist. Cataract surgery is a minor procedure to remove the lens of the affected eye and normally, replace it with an artificial lens. Your eye doctor may use ultrasound energy to remove the cloudy lens or it may be removed with laser technology. This eye surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you do not need to stay in the hospital. Cataract surgery is one of the most common types of eye surgeries and is quite safe.

When To Consider Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is not necessarily needed immediately. After speaking with your opthamologist in person or via TeleHealth, you do have some time to consider your options prior to undergoing cataract surgery. Waiting to have the surgery will not harm your eye. However, at Howerton Eye Clinic, we’d like our patients to consider the following questions if they have one or more cataracts:

  • Can you safely drive?
  • Do you have issues watching television or reading?
  • Can you properly do your job?
  • Is it difficult to do normal tasks because of your vision?
  • Are you more dependent on others because of your vision?
  • Do bright lights affect your vision?

If you are not comfortable with one or more of your answers, it may be time for cataract surgery.

TeleHealth for a Cataract Consultation

Due to COVID-19, many patients are questioning if it is the right time to get cataract surgery. With specific precautions like a negative COVID test 3 days before your procedure, Howerton Eye Clinic believes it is completely safe to undergo cataract surgery. Additionally, our eye doctors are offering TeleHealth consultations where you can participate in a virtual eye appointment to discuss your eye health with your doctor and decide which the next steps should be taken. This is a great option for patients interested in cataract surgery.

Schedule Your TeleHealth Appointment for Cataract Surgery Today!

If you are experiencing blurred vision and believe you are suffering from a cataract, contact Howerton Eye Clinic to set up a TeleHealth appointment. Our eye doctors would be more than happy to discuss your eye health and determine the next steps for treatment. Schedule an appointment online today.

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