In short, the answer to this is yes—you can live without having cataract treatment. However, if left to evolve naturally, they will eventually cause blindness.
So rather than asking “if” you can live without treatment, a better question would be… What can be done to treat my cataracts?
The answer, you’ll be glad to hear, is rather a lot, actually. Read on to discover the simple treatment that gets rid of cataracts once and for all (and why there’s really no need to let your quality of life suffer from this very common condition).
Cataracts, Blindness, and the Simple Treatment to Restore Sight
- An overview of cataracts
- What happens if you don’t have cataract treatment?
An overview of cataracts
Cataracts are an extremely common condition that usually affects us as we age. While there are some rare types that cause problems in children (and they can form after eye trauma), the majority of us only have cataract issues in our 60s and beyond.
They’re caused by proteins within the eye settling and clumping together on the lens of the eye. This happens over many years—decades, even—and are asymptomatic at first. However, as they increase, they cause the lens to stiffen and prevent the smooth passage of light through the eye.
Once this happens, symptoms begin to appear:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Yellowing/fading of colors
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Difficulty with close-up work, such as reading or sewing
- Increasingly fluctuating prescriptions
What happens if you don’t have cataract treatment?
Once cataracts get to a certain stage, you’ll be advised to have them removed. If you don’t, your vision will continue to deteriorate until, eventually, you’ll completely lose your vision. Advanced cataracts can also be seen externally, looking like a filmy, creamy area within the center of the eye.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world—and particularly true in the developing world where a large majority of people don’t have access to adequate health care.
Worried About Cataract Treatment? Don’t Be…
- Common cataract treatment fears
- Rest assured, cataract treatment is safe and reliable
Common cataract treatment fears
Many people are worried about having a cataract operation. The following are some of the most common concerns:
- It will hurt
- That eyesight will be reduced, rather than improved
- That you’re awake during the procedure
- That the cataract/s will return
- That they’ll be unwanted side effects.
- That the procedure won’t work
Rest assured, cataract treatment is safe and reliable
While all of the above fears are understandable, there really is no need to worry. Cataract removal is the most commonly carried out operation every year, with millions having successful procedures.
While you are awake, the procedure is painless (you’ll have eye drops to numb the eye) and perhaps a mild sedative. It only takes minutes to carry out and it’ll be over before you know it. Side effects are rare and cataract removals are virtually 100% successful. Once removed, a cataract can’t return.
There is a small chance that you might experience a condition called Posterior Capsule Opacification, whereby a tiny amount of the lens capsule causes proteins to clump together. This is easily rectified with a 5-minute doctor’s office procedure that removes it once and for all.
The key to a smooth cataract procedure is to partner with a great specialist. They’ll assess your needs and, very importantly, discuss with you the best artificial lens to insert. This is by far the most important aspect of the operation, as your lifestyle will determine the type that’s best for you.
Want the Ultimate Cataract Treatment? Of Course, you do… Contact the WBEC Today
Saying that the West Boca Eye Center offers the very best cataract treatment isn’t simply a bold statement… It’s totally true! Headed by one of the world’s foremost experts on cataract surgery, Brent Bellotte MD., he, and his incredible team, bring cutting-edge treatment to their patients—often before it’s available elsewhere.
Bellotte has (and continues to) played a pivotal role in the advancement of today’s cataract procedures. Laser cataract surgery and incredibly sophisticated IOLs (intraocular lenses) bring outstanding results, both for the common age-related cataracts and the much rarer congenital and traumatic cataracts.
No matter what type you suffer from, you deserve the ultimate treatment.
Head to our cataract surgery services page to find out more and call today to speak to our friendly team.