Today I met Kate P. she’s 62…in great health…and has cataracts. After talking with her for awhile, she admitted her optometrist told her she had cataracts (over a year ago), but she was too scared to see a surgeon. She’s couldn’t tell me why she was scared…she said maybe because she thought the surgery would go bad and she would be blind or because she thought they would “just go away”. She realized her vision was too poor to drive at night…and she didn’t want to be forced to stay home because of her terrible night vision. So finally…today she had her cataract evaluation, talked with Dr. Mayo about her options…and booked her cataract surgery. Just before Kate left, she told me after meeting Dr. Mayo, our staff, and learning more about cataracts…she was relieved and felt she was in great hands and is looking forward to her new…clear vision.
Just in case you don’t know…
- Most cataracts are related to aging…and by age 80 more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had a cataract.
- No one knows why the eye’s lens changes as we age…they just do.
- When symptoms begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses stronger bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids, but eventually surgical intervention will be necessary to see clearly again.
- Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with more than 3 million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year.
- While cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed surgeries…your outcome is highly dependent on your surgeon’s skill, volume and experience. It’s import ants to find a skilled ophthalmologist who not only has a long track record of success , but one who will also make you feel comfortable.
- Additionally, you want to find a practice that embraces both proven traditional tactics for cataract surgery, as well as the latest in technological advancements for the best results possible.
Today, cataract surgery is one of the easiest, most common, and safest surgeries performed in the United States. You should consider it as soon as vision problems start to interfere with usual activities.