Diagnosed with Cataracts, What You Do Next?
For a while, you may be able to keep your vision good with changing your glasses or contact lens prescription. Eventually, the vision will become more blurred and you will be faced with making the decision about cataract surgery. Many years ago, doctors waited until the cataracts had progressed until the cataracts were ripe or it had turned white. Today, surgical techniques and equipment have improved to the point that you do not have to wait until they are ripe. Most doctors will likely let you decide on when to have surgery and give you guidance.
Reasons for Having Cataract Surgery
You should consider having surgery when your daily activities become difficult to perform. Commons things are trouble driving a car especially at night, reading, TV, job requirements, and other activities you enjoy or need to do. If a doctor is pressing you to have surgery seek another opinion before proceeding.
Finding the Right Eye Doctor
You may wish to ask your family physician who they recommend. Check other credentials such as board certified, state eye society member, county societies, and state licensing boards.
Prior to Surgery
You will need to have to have a thorough eye exam and other tests to evaluate your eye before surgery. There is specialized equipment that is used to determine the strength of the intraocular lens to be inserted in the eye during the cataract surgery. This equipment uses computers to calculate the power or strength of the lens that matches your eye.
Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an advanced intraocular lens. There different types of intraocular lenses (IOL). The type of IOL you choose will be with you the rest of your life, so the choice is an important one. Cataract surgery has evolved into one of the most successful operations performed today. Your surgeon will go over the different lenses that are possible for you based on your desire on how you wish to see after surgery.
Types of Intraocular Lenses
Single Vision or Power IOL (Monofocal lens)
This is a lens with a single power designed to give you distance vision unless you have any significant astigmatism which would blur your vision. This usually provides excellent distance vision and is covered by insurance and Medicare. You will need reading glasses.