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3 Signs It May Be Time For Cataract Surgery

An elderly woman looking over her glasses to read

Do you suffer from cataracts? Is your vision blurry, foggy, or unclear?

Do you have trouble distinguishing shapes and colors? Are you seeing halos around lights?

These are all symptoms of cataracts. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is time to consider having cataract surgery.

Keep reading for information about cataract surgery, and when you should have your cataracts removed. For most patients, this is when they can no longer complete their daily routine due to unclear vision.

For other patients, it is when they can no longer walk or drive safely at night. No matter what the deciding factor is for you, the only way to treat cataracts is through cataract surgery.

This is the only way to restore vision impairment due to cataracts.

1. Foggy Vision

Cataracts cloud the lens of your eye. This causes your vision to be blurry.

Many cataract patients describe this blurry vision as foggy. Imagine you’re looking through a dirty windshield and this is a good description of what it’s like.

Foggy vision can limit your ability to safely complete your daily routine. When you get to this point, you should start considering cataract surgery.

The procedure is the only way to restore your vision so that you can get back to living your life.

2. Loss of Sharp Vision

Beyond making your vision foggy, cataracts can impair your ability to distinguish colors and shapes. This can make it difficult to watch TV, or read up close.

It can also make it difficult to distinguish the faces of people sitting next to you. Glasses are unable to correct this kind of vision impairment.

When you reach this point, only cataract surgery can restore your vision.

3. Halos

Are you experiencing halos around lights at night? This can include the lights in your house as well as your porch light, walkway light, street lights, or headlights.

This is something called halos. Seeing halos around lights can make it difficult and unsafe for you to get around at night.

It especially makes it unsafe for you to drive at night. Experiencing halos are a sign that you have cataracts and should discuss cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery begins with having your eyes numbed using eye drops. You will not feel any pain.

During the surgery, your eye doctor will create a small incision in the cornea. The cataract and natural lens are then broken into small pieces and removed through this incision.

The lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an IOL. There are many kinds of IOLs but the most common are standard, monofocal IOLs, and premium IOLs.

Standard IOL

A standard IOL is called a monofocal lens. This lens will restore and correct your vision at one distance level.

Most patients with a standard IOL still need prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. This is the only IOL that Medicare will cover.

Premium IOL

There are different kinds of premium IOLs but they will restore your vision as well as correct any preexisting vision problems you have. This includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

A premium IOL eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses after having cataract surgery.

If you have cataracts, there’s no reason to continue living with them. Say goodbye to blurry vision and schedule a cataract screening at Advanced Eye Care, SC in New Lenox, IL now!