Disclaimer: “This blog post does not replace medical advice and should not be implemented prior to consulting a fully certified medical professional.”
Being diagnosed with a cataract has often been proven to be one of the most pivotal moments that anyone could possibly experience throughout their lifetime. With more than 2.5 million Canadians living with cataracts, it’s safe to say that many are experiencing various difficulties in their sight that can hold them back from living their best lives.
Fortunately, having this condition in either or both eyes doesn’t have to remain as an impediment or barrier from living life to the fullest because cataract surgery can help bring everything back to normal.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts, to put them simply, are a type of abnormality that results in the lens of the eye becoming cloudy, often resulting in impediments to one’s vision. Depending on how severe the condition may be, however, the symptoms brought about by cataracts can lead to more severe cases such as:
- Blurry, hazy vision
- Difficulty when looking or driving when dark
- A dull appearance of colours
Although getting cataracts is common after the age of 60, there’s no denying that the impediments they bring about are nothing short of difficult to live with. By undergoing cataract surgery, however, this condition itself can be halted, and its effects can be reversed.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataract (or suspect that you have one) and plan on remedying the condition, however, it’s best to ask several questions so that you can make an informed decision. Before you head over to the nearest eye center and sign yourself up for cataract surgery, here are three questions that you should ask your local ophthalmologist first:
1. “How will I know when it’s the right time to undergo cataract surgery?”
Generally speaking, cataract surgery is not required at the beginning of the diagnosis because it doesn’t have a significant impact on one’s vision.
As time progresses, however, the condition in your eye can grow larger and begin to interfere with your life’s daily routines. However, it is entirely up to your ophthalmologist to decide when it’s the right time to undergo surgery. Expert eye doctors generally recommend cataract surgery once the condition itself begins to interfere with your quality of living as a whole.
2. “What can I possibly expect from the procedure itself?”
Cataract surgery, similar to any other procedure, can easily prove to be a nerve-wracking experience if you don’t come prepared. In the case of cataract surgery, however, it is especially important to ask your ophthalmologist about the procedure itself so that you know what goes on in the process and what happens afterwards.
In most cases, however, the typical cataract surgery procedure only lasts about 15 minutes, which means that there isn’t much to worry about, and nor is there a need for an overnight stay!
3. “How will the recovery process go about?”
Another important question to ask your ophthalmologist has much to do with knowing exactly what has to be followed after the procedure itself. By simply asking what the recovery process after cataract surgery will be like, you can best prepare for the adjustment period, medication routines, situations to avoid, and the need for extra care to ensure your recovery goes smoothly!
Cataract surgery can easily prove to be a monumental stage in the life of anyone who thrives and depends on the use of their eyesight to go about their daily tasks, hobbies, and work processes. By asking the right questions in the days leading up to the procedure itself, however, you can best prepare for cataract surgery and make everything as smooth as possible for a full and desirable recovery!