How long should you wait to have cataracts removed?
Solomon’s research has shown that patients wait, on average, five years longer than necessary to have cataract surgery. That’s five years of struggling needlessly with the frustrations and limitations of poor vision!
Is it bad to delay cataract surgery?
Is it Okay to Delay Cataract Surgery? In most cases, there is no harm in delaying cataract surgery for a while. But don’t wait too long. As a cataract matures, it hardens and can be more difficult to remove.
Can you get rid of cataracts without having surgery?
No, you cannot reverse cataracts without surgery. Currently, there is no non-surgical cure for cataracts that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or other government body medical procedure regulators.
Do cataracts grow quickly?
Because most age-related cataracts typically develop over a span of years, it’s a relatively slow process. However, some types of cataracts may develop faster, such as in individuals with diabetes, where cataracts can develop rapidly.
When is cataract surgery not recommended?
For example, if you have advanced macular degeneration or a detached retina as well as cataracts, it’s possible that removing the cataract and replacing it with a clear intraocular lens (IOL) might not improve your eyesight. In such cases, cataract surgery may not be recommended.
Can cataract surgery be postponed?
Delaying cataract surgery leads to progression of the grade of cataract. Depending on the type and grade of cataract, the delayed cataract surgery can become a risky procedure. The amount of energy needed to emulsify the hard lens increases and this can cause damage to the surrounding structures.
Is it better to wait for cataract surgery?
Regardless, surgeons typically do not recommend that their patients wait until they reach the average age for cataract surgery; they recommend having cataract surgery when the time is right for your eye health and your vision.