If you’re over the age of 60, there’s a good chance you’ll develop cataracts sometime in the next 20 or so years. While the only effective long-term treatment for cataracts is surgery, it can take years or even decades for a cataract to reach the point where it needs to be surgically removed.In the meantime, Dr. Cartwright can monitor its progression, manage your symptoms and ensure you have the best vision possible. Once your cataract makes it difficult for you to function day-to-day, Dr. Cartwright would refer you to a surgeon who will perform cataract surgery to replace your eye’s natural lens with a clear artificial lens implant.Following your surgery, Dr. Cartwright will manage your post-op recovery in coordination with the surgeon.
Cataract Treatment Options
A cataract, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens caused by the breakdown of proteins in the lens, leads to progressively blurry vision. So if you’ve been diagnosed with a cataract but aren’t yet ready for surgery, you’ll be having regular contact with your doctor, who will explain the condition, discuss your treatment options and help manage your symptoms.Once you’re diagnosed with cataracts, you may want to slow the progression of the condition. Working with a doctor who knows your personal and family health history as well as your various options for cataract management and surgery is a massive advantage, as they can give you advice on dietary and lifestyle changes.
The Importance of Regular Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are important for everyone, and particularly if you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts. Because the cloudy areas on your eye lenses will worsen with time, Dr. Cartwright will carefully monitor your vision and upgrade your glasses or contact lens prescription as needed. Visual acuity tests and other tests can be performed to gauge your sensitivity to light and glare, as well as deterioration in your contrast and color vision.
When's It Time for Cataract Surgery?
At some point, Dr. Cartwright may determine that your cataracts are severe enough to require surgery. That’s typically when options to correct your vision — updated prescriptions and speciality filters that block glare and increase contrast vision — are no longer sufficient to give you the vision you need.Dr. Cartwright can recommend a surgeon and provide information about what to expect during cataract surgery. You’ll see your eye surgeon and Dr. Cartwright for post-surgery evaluations.
If your vision is blurred or if you notice a cloudy patch forming on your eye, you may have developed cataracts. For optimal vision care and cataract management, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Cartwright at TotalVision Eyecare of Glastonbury in Glastonbury today.
Q&A With Our Eye Doctor in Glastonbury, Connecticut
Although many people use glasses to manage cataract symptoms and improve their deteriorating vision, the only way to really treat cataracts is via surgery. You may want to delay the procedure, but once your quality of life is affected to the degree that it’s difficult to drive or perform everyday tasks, it’s time to have cataract surgery.
Generally, no. Because the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one during cataract surgery, a cataract can’t return to that eye. That said, there's a possibility that a few years after the surgery, you may need a quick laser procedure if the proteins on the lens capsule — the layer that holds the artificial lens in place — becomes cloudy.