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When is the Right Time to Have Cataract Surgery?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 25.7 million Americans over age 40 have cataracts and the number is projected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050. First let's discuss what a cataract is in general. A cataract occurs when proteins clump together in the eye’s lens and interfere with light passing through to the retina. This causes a progressive clouding of the eye's natural lens, which results in blurred, fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. Many young people in Louisville, and half of all people over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts in one or both eyes.

There is currently no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, the only one way to achieve clear vision again is through cataract surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the eye’s blurry lens and replacing it with an artificial one called an intraocular lens. 

But, being diagnosed with cataracts does not mean you must immediately have surgery. Each case of cataracts is unique, and some people may develop them and never have major problems with their vision. Surgery is only required when you believe your quality of life has been impaired by poor vision. Delaying cataract surgery will not typically cause long-term damage to your eye, or make the surgery more difficult should you decide to have it later on.

June is Cataract Awareness Month, so along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology we want to offer tips you should consider to help determine if you're ready for cataract surgery.

1. Are your cataracts impacting your daily or occupational activities?

2. Are your cataracts affecting your ability to drive safely at night?

3. Are your cataracts interfering with the outdoor activities you enjoy?

4. Can you manage your cataracts in other ways?

The Taustine Eye Center also has a list of common questions that our patients have about cataracts that you should check out here.

Now, if you have cataracts, who will be your doctor at the Taustine Eye Center? Rather than being a practice of general ophthalmologists, each doctor at the Taustine Eye Center has an area of specialization. These specializations ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date treatments from highly experienced and knowledgeable doctors. Dr. Lloyd Taustine is our cataract specialist. In the 2014 issue of Louisville Magazine, Dr. Taustine was named a Top Surgeon in the Cataract and Lasik category. The Louisville Magazine award is even more outstanding because the Top Docs are chosen by their peers. 

Still have questions? Please give us a call at (502) 458-9004. 

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