4 Common Misconceptions About Cataract Surgery

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

If you or someone you care about has trouble seeing due to cloudy vision and excessive glare from bright lights, you may have cataracts. Cataracts are a very common visual impairment that affects many people as they get older. They are caused when the crystalline lens of the eye becomes clouded. If you get cataracts, you may want to consider having them treated surgically. But beware of these common myths about cataract surgery — and always do your research before deciding on your treatment options.

Only The Elderly Get Cataracts

This is false, unless you consider all people forty and older “elderly.” The chances of getting cataracts after your 40th birthday are one in six. It is true that the older you get, the likelier it is you’ll get cataracts, but age isn’t the only cause. If you have diabetes or have had a traumatic injury to your eye, it is quite possible to get cataracts even younger. Don’t think you can’t have cataracts that are bad enough to need surgery because you’re too young— young people can have cataract surgery, too!

You Only Need Eye Drops To Cure Cataracts

False. While there are drops that can help alleviate your clouded vision for a short amount of time, these will not cure your cataracts or prevent them from worsening. The only way to effectively and permanently treat your cataracts is through cataract surgery. Eye drops are a temporary fix or a way to manage symptoms that are not too severe.

Cataract Surgery Is Complicated And Invasive

False. Cataract surgery is pretty simple. What happens is this: your doctor at Thomas Eye Group makes a small incision in your eye and breaks up your cataract with a special tool. They then remove the broken cataract and lens and replace the lens with an artificial one. That’s it. There is no need for stitches or sutures or even anesthesia besides numbing eye drops. Your eye will heal on its own, and while healing fully may take a few weeks, your vision will be significantly improved since the cataract will be removed. After cataract surgery, get ready to see the world fully!

Cataracts Can Come Back After Surgery

False. When the cataract is removed, your lens is replaced with an artificial one that can’t become a cataract. In some cases, the membrane that the artificial lens is attached to may become a bit cloudy, but in these instances you won’t need to get the whole lens removed again. The membrane can be cleared with a quick, 15 minute laser procedure that can be performed at our office, so you probably won’t have to go to a laser or outpatient surgery center. Simply put, once a cataract is removed, it can’t grow back.

If you think you have cataracts, or know you need cataract surgery, contact Thomas Eye Group today to schedule an appointment at one of our many locations in Georgia. You can consult with one of our specialists to find out if cataract surgery is right for you!

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