Myths about cataracts may cause people to try ineffective strategies for reducing cataracts. They may also fail to seek proven treatments from an ophthalmologist, such as cataract surgery.
In this post, the team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut debunks some common cataract myths.
Myth #1: Reading Can Cause Cataracts
Reading, looking at a computer screen, or other activities that require close vision do not cause or worsen cataracts. Cataracts are caused by the natural aging process, and may also result from genetics, certain health conditions, and other risk factors.
This myth may persist because people with cataracts often notice their symptoms more when using their close vision.
Myth #2: Eye Drops Can Prevent or Delay Cataracts
There are no prescription eye drops available to treat cataracts. However, you may be able to delay cataracts by practicing a healthy lifestyle and protecting your eyes from the sun.
Your ophthalmologist can monitor your cataracts formation, and you may be a good candidate for surgery if your cataracts have started causing vision problems.
Myth #3: Cataract Surgery Hurts
Anesthetic eye drops are used to make cataract removal as painless as possible. At worst, some patients experience mild discomfort during the surgery, although this is uncommon.
Cataract surgery also has a high success rate, minimal risk of complications, and a relatively short recovery period.
Myth #4: Cataracts Can Come Back After Surgery
Cataract surgery involves removal of the deteriorated lens, which is then replaced with an intraocular lens implant. This implant can’t develop cataracts.
If the membrane that encapsulates the new lens becomes cloudy, it can be cleared up with a short laser procedure.
Myth #5: You Should Wait to Get Cataract Surgery
If cataracts are affecting your vision, you should consult an ophthalmologist. Waiting too long to get cataract surgery can lead to complications.
Although cataracts are more common among the elderly, some younger people can also develop cataracts and require cataract surgery. Get regular eye exams and discuss any vision problems with your ophthalmologist so that you can detect cataracts early and avoid permanent vision loss.
Get your cataracts questions answered by visiting the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. Call 203-366-8000 or email us to schedule your cataracts consultation.