Why You Should Not Delay Treating Cataracts

Why You Should Not Delay Treating Cataracts

Cataracts affect an estimated 65.2 million people across the globe. This condition, which occurs when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, is the leading cause of blindness and accounts for 50% of blindness across the globe. 

With these statistics in mind, many patients have questions about cataract treatment. Cataract surgery is the only way to effectively treat cataracts when prescription glasses don’t clear your vision. 

The expense and recovery associated with cataract surgery may lead patients to delay the procedure. However, doing so may not be in your best interest. 

The Downsides of Delaying Cataract Surgery

Additional Vision Loss

Delaying cataract surgery can lead to increased vision loss. You may notice that your vision becomes cloudier or blurrier. 

Decreasing vision can lead to a lower quality of life. In older patients, reduced vision can even lead to an increased risk of falls and other injuries.

Higher Risk of Complications

Delaying cataract surgery may increase the risk of complications from the procedure. This typically occurs if the cataract is left untreated for a long time. At this time, the cataract may become severe and/or dense.

Potential Risk of Glaucoma

Some cataract cases require immediate surgery. This occurs when the cloudy lens has swollen and now imparts pressure on the eye’s drainage system. This may result in the buildup of fluid in the eye, which can increase your risk for glaucoma. 

Do All Cataracts Require Immediate Surgery?

Cataracts that are addressed early on and progress slowly may not urgently require surgery. However, it’s crucial to attend regular eye doctor appointments so that your provider can closely monitor your condition. Additionally, it’s worth noting that patients rarely benefit from putting off cataract surgery. 

Dr. Mahootchi at The Eye Clinic of Florida has been a leading provider of cataract surgery in the Tampa area for over 25 years. To schedule a consultation, contact us today!