Cataracts develop as proteins in the lens of the eye begin to break down and clump together due to normal changes in the eye as you age. Most age-related cataracts typically develop over a span of many years. Gradual development time varies from person to person; it is also possible to develop a cataract in only one eye or for both eyes to have cataracts in different stages of progression. Because cataract progression takes time before the clouded lens interferes with necessary vision for daily activities, it is recommended that patients with cataracts be aware of the 4 stages of cataracts: early, immature, mature and hypermature. Most cataract surgeries are performed when the cataract reaches the third, mature, stage. By hypermature, surgery is still possible but not only has the cataract hardened making it harder to remove, vision will be almost completely obscured in this final stage. Without removing the lens, inflammation and pressure to the eye will increase which could damage the optic nerve. You may be curious and then wonder, “will I become blind if I delay cataract surgery?”
Cataract surgery is the solution to treating and permanently removing cataracts to improve vision. The procedure involves making a small incision in the eye, removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial alternative called an IOL or intraocular lens. These lens types have several different focal options depending on your individual needs. Cataract surgery is a safe, common, painless and effective treatment with a 99% success rate. Because cataract surgery is life changing and can be performed in under 15 minutes at any point in the stages of development, there is no reason to avoid cataract removal surgery. If you put off cataract surgery, cataracts will eventually cause total blindness. When your vision becomes compromised, treatment should never be delayed.
If you have impaired vision or have been diagnosed with cataracts, rest assured that cataracts are one of the most treatable types of eye conditions. Without surgical intervention, they may lead to total blindness. Don’t wait for better vision. Life is too short to wait to see clearly. Make an appointment with Pendleton Eye by calling 760-758-2008 or clicking here WEBSITE.