Why is Cataract Surgery Necessary?
Is your eyesight is consistently blurry? Is the glare caused by night time driving making it hard to see the road? If so you may have a serious problem with your vision. Anytime you have a change in vision that lasts for an extended period of time, it is best to call your eye specialist. Blurred or ‘cloudy’ vision and trouble seeing in bright light are common symptoms of cataracts. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens that interferes with the way you see. The only way to effectively solve a cataract problem is by having cataract surgery to remove the damaged lens.
How do you get cataracts?
There are several factors that can cause cataracts including:
- A result of aging
- Congenital diseases, injury or poor prenatal develop, as well as developmental issues that manifest as the child grows
- Secondary diseases or medications such as diabetes or radiation therapy for treating cancer
- Trauma or injury to the eye
- Cigarette Smoke
- Air Pollution
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Why Choose Cataract Surgery?
If left untreated, cataracts can affect your life in many negative ways – making it unsafe to drive, see in bright light, distinguishing faces clearly, as well as making it difficult to do everyday things like reading, watching television or using the computer. Cataracts are eliminated through a surgical procedure that takes only a few hours. Without this treatment, cataract problems can continue progress, causing further damage to your eye.
Maintaining Healthy Eyes with your Ophthalmologist
It is important to discuss your eye health and your physical health/medications you are taking with your ophthalmologist. If there are underlying conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, your eye specialist will want to treat those before attempting to perform cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery involves the removal of the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial one. The patient cannot feel the difference in lenses, only the heartwarming feeling of having their sight back.
Savannah ophthalmologist, Dr. Michael Landa of Landa &Landa Eye Care Specialists is prepared to answer your questions and discuss your vision problems. Once a cataract has been diagnosed, Dr. Landa will discuss what it means to have cataracts, what will occur without intervention and talk about how cataract surgery can change the course of your everyday life.
Contact our Savannah cataract surgeon for more information or to schedule an appointment.