In spite of cataracts being so common, myths and misinformation about the condition abound. Without consulting an ophthalmologist, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.
Luckily, the cataract surgeons at Laser Eye Center™ are always available to set the record straight. Read on as our team dispels some of the most common misconceptions about cataracts.
Only elderly people get cataracts
Although most cataracts are part of the aging process, there are other factors that can lead to cataracts. For example, cataracts have been linked to diabetes and traumatic accidents that cause eye injuries. Sun damage, prolonged use of corticosteroid medications and smoking have all been linked to the early formation of cataracts. In rare cases, cataracts are present at birth.
Cataracts can be treated with eye drops
Eyedrops or other topical medications will do nothing for cataracts. The only way to treat a cataract is to surgically remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens implant.
Every cataract must be removed ASAP
Doctors may detect cataracts in their early stages, when they are not significantly interfering with vision. Depending on the circumstances of the case, they recommend a “watch and wait approach,” wherein they closely monitor the cataract for any changes.
Cataracts can come back after surgery
Once the eye’s cloudy lens has been removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant, the artificial lens cannot develop a cataract. Although only present in a small minority of cases, what can happen is the capsule holding the lens in place can become cloudy, causing symptoms similar to those of a cataract. This condition, called posterior capsular opacification, may give the impression that a cataract has returned. Posterior capsular opacification can be easily treated during a quick, in-office laser treatment.
Cataract surgery is dangerous
There has never been a safer time for cataract surgery. With the advances in laser technology available at our practice, we can treat cataracts with unparalleled safety, precision and predictability. Not only can our team reduce the risk of surgical complications, but we can help our patients recapture vision as clear and crisp as it was in their 30s.
With the use of an advanced laser cataract platform, the surgery is short, the downtime is minimal and most patients recover very quickly.
Cataract surgery still requires the use of glasses
With the introduction of the Symfony intraocular lens (IOL), sufferers of cataracts can not only be freed of cataracts, but can also regain the vision they enjoyed in their 30s, and all without the need for glasses! By choosing the right provider that has experience with the Symfony lens, you can benefit from having the full range of vision, from near to far, all without the need for glasses! What’s more? This IOL can correct for your astigmatism, making it the most desired solution!
Discuss Cataract Surgery with Our Team
If you are experiencing blurry vision or other symptoms that could indicate cataracts, you should schedule an appointment with our experienced cataract team to discuss your options as one of the regional leaders in Symfony. We have a stellar laser cataract surgery platform as well as an extensive collection of designer or premium lenses. Call (800) 805-2737 or email us today.