Cataract surgery is a routine and safe operation that removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a new artificial lens that is clear; the artificial lens implant improves and restores eyesight. Laser-assisted technology is often used to achieve this.
When to have cataract surgery?
A cataract occurs most commonly due to age-related changes in the natural lens. Still, it may also occur as a result of an eye injury or a health problem such as diabetes or hypertension and prolonged use of some medications.
If a cataract is interfering with your daily activities, the best eye doctors may recommend cataract surgery. The hazy lens is removed and replaced with a prosthetic lens during surgery, which generally results in clear vision being restored. ‘Femtosecond Lasik Assisted Cataract surgery’, also known as FLACS or Robotic Cataract Surgery, is the latest development in cataract surgery worldwide. The average cataract surgery cost in India ranges from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 1,20,000, depending on the facility, type of cataract surgery technique, and type of lens to implant and city.
The Consequences of Untreated Cataracts
Once the cataract develops, the undue prolongation of cataract surgery may result in suboptimal recovery of vision even after cataract surgery. If you have blurring of vision in one or both of your eyes, you should get your eyes checked, and if your doctor tells you that you are having a cataract in your eye, you should plan a cataract surgery after discussing with your treating eye specialist. Cataracts may grow to the point that they block vision entirely if not treated. In rare instances, they may result in vision loss and complete blindness. Timely cataract surgery helps in recovering your vision completely.
Here are some of the consequences of untreated cataracts or effects of delayed cataract operation:
- Cataracts may appear in one or both eyes, and they progress in each differently. One eye may be worse than the other, or one eye may acquire a cataract more rapidly than the other.
- Cataracts may give foggy, clouded, or hazy eyesight, as well as irregular light. These symptoms cause impaired eyesight and have a variety of effects on your daily activities.
- When a cataract is left untreated, the natural lens loses its clarity and becomes white. Furthermore, when cataracts develop, the lens becomes very hard. A developed cataract is defined as one that is hard and totally white. When a cataract becomes mature, it thickens to the point that surgical removal is risky. Early diagnosis and surgery may reduce the risk and improve your quality of life.
- If you have an advanced cataract, daily tasks, driving, and leaving the house can become dangerous. Cataracts that go untreated may cause your vision to deteriorate to the point where you might have life-threatening physical harm.
- A developed cataract may prevent fluid from draining from the eye. Glaucoma is the consequence of increasing pressure in the eyes, and it generally ends in permanent vision loss. If you have extensive cataracts, you’re more prone to get glaucoma.
- Objects seem to be colored or yellowed in appearance. It seems like the colors have faded. Later on, distinguishing between them becomes impossible.
- Halos and glares appear around the lights. The formation of halos and glare surrounding a point source of light (e.g., a bulb or the headlight vehicle) makes driving the vehicle very difficult, particularly at night. Night vision issues may also be caused by a shift in pupil size in the dark, exposing patients to additional problems at night that they would overlook during the day. In such circumstances, driving at night becomes hazardous.
- Double vision scenarios are quite frequent. It may happen as a result of the natural lens being clouded, and it might interfere with everyday activities. A headache or other serious problems may occur as a consequence of double vision, this may be hazardous when driving.
Cataracts can be treated effectively, and surgery is a feasible and effective treatment option. Best Vision is equipped with top-notch cataract surgery services, and the best eye specialists can assist you in deciding whether cataract surgery is appropriate for you.