“I was recently diagnosed with cataracts, but I’m only 56 years old. Should I wait until I get a little older before I have the surgery?”

“I was recently diagnosed with cataracts, but I’m only 56 years old.  Should I wait until I get a little older before I have the surgery?”

While nobody wants to live with cataracts, some people are so frightened by the prospect of surgery that they would rather let their vision deteriorate.  Others believe that their cataracts have to “ripen” before they can be removed, or that they must wait until their doctor tells them the cataracts are bad enough.  This can lead to a delay that makes recovery significantly slower. Cataracts typically tend to start to form by the late 50s, and may begin to subtly affect vision.  Ea...

Read More

“My doctor says my cataracts are not “ripe”. When is the right time for cataract surgery?”

“My doctor says my cataracts are not “ripe”. When is the right time for cataract surgery?”

While cataracts generally become visually frustrating to most people by their mid-seventies, more subtle vision changes can begin in your fifties.  Glare from lights making driving more uncomfortable, the need for brighter lights to read, and a general feeling that your vision “is just not as good as it used to be”, are all signs that your natural lenses may be losing their clarity.  Believe it or not, these are the beginnings of cataracts! Traditionally, patients have been told to wait...

Read More