Most cataracts are simply a result of aging. While some cataracts can develop as a result of environmental factors, such as radiation, poor nutrition or smoking, or trauma such as certain diseases or injury, the overwhelming majority are purely age related. The choice to undergo cataract surgery is strictly up to a patient with the support and education he or she receives from his or her doctor.
Alternative Options to Cataract Surgery
Unfortunately, there are no other options other than surgery itself. No medication can prevent or reverse the formation of cataracts. And although there are some potential eye drop medications in trial stages, none have been proven effective or successful enough to bring to market. Luckily, the progression of cataract is gradual as they have a slow rate of growth. This gives patients the option of choosing when cataract surgery is right for them.
Making the Decision for Cataract Surgery
The choice to move forward with cataract surgery is a personal one all patients must make for themselves.
Some of the factors that might lead a patient to seek cataract surgery include:
- Interfering with driving such as reading signs or potential safety hazards.
- No longer able to take part in daily activities and pastimes such as card games, reading or watching movies and television.
- Unable to enjoy outdoor activities due to glare.
- Lack of family quality time. Little ones grow quickly and being unable to enjoy their activities and watching them grow can be a disappointment.
The Potential of Difficult Cataract Surgery in the Future
Cataract harden as they develop through time. As they harden, surgery may become more difficult at the advanced stages. This is something everyone should consider – the balance between the need for cataract surgery and cataracts being difficult to treat due to advanced state of hardness. Cataracts can also start to cause inflammation or increased intraocular that can advance to glaucoma. Patients are recommended to visit an experienced cataract doctor for education on their own condition and risks. SightTrust Eye Institute, located in Sunrise and serving the communities of Boca Raton, Plantation and Weston, has been highly trusted by many local patients.
The Patient’s Choice of When to Undergo Cataract Surgery
Only an experienced doctor can give a patient the knowledge and recommendations that empower him or her to make the choice in their best interest. While each case is individual, experienced doctors can help guide you in deciding when is the right time to proceed with your cataract surgery.
Residents in Palm Beach County, Fort Lauderdale and Miami can seek the expert opinion of Dr. Shatz, the Medical Director of SightTrust Eye Institute. Dr. Shatz is board certified and has performed over 20,000 intraocular lens procedures. Dr. Shatz has developed various surgical instruments to aid in cataract surgery as a result of his experience and knowledge.