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When is it time for cataract surgery?

Published On: Jun 02 2014 04:00:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 17 2014 03:56:02 PM CDT
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

Some degree of vision clouding caused by cataracts occurs in most people as they age. But according to the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, there’s no need to rush scheduling the surgery to remove the cataracts. The right time for surgery should be determined by weighing expected improvements in vision against the very slight risk of a less than ideal outcome.

There are several types of age-related cataracts with subtle differences. Except in rare instances, cataracts develop painlessly and gradually, leading to vision changes that include:

  • Increasingly blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with night vision
  • Sensitivity to bright light and glare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Double vision in one eye

In the early stages of the disease, adjustments such as different eyeglasses, brighter lighting and wearing sunglasses to reduce glare may compensate for vision changes. When cataracts interfere with daily tasks, surgery should be considered.

Source: http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/