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Am I a candidate for Cataract Surgery?

During your eye assessment, your doctor will be able to tell you if you have cataracts and at what stage of development they are. People who have clinically significant cataracts are typically 50 years and older. Cataracts may however, affect any age group.

If you do have a cataractA cataract forms when the natural lens in the eye is, or is starting to become, opaque. If not treated, it can lead to blindness, which in most cases can be treated. See Cataract Centre – Understanding Cataracts., you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty seeing at night and in dim light conditions
  • Poor night vision
  • 'Misty' or foggy vision
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Colours appear to be faded
  • Frequent changes in your glasses or contact lens prescriptions
  • Halos around lights
  • Objects that have a constant dull and blurry appearance
  • The inability to clearly distinguish the contrast between black and white

If your cataract is in the beginning stages and you have no hindrances in your vision, surgery may not be indicated as yet. At each routine eye examination at an eye clinic, it is possible to monitor the progression of your cataracts and, once your vision starts to affect your lifestyle, it may be time to consider having the cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery do have some limitations though…

  • The presence of concommitant eye diseases and conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, vitreous degeneration or certain previous eye surgeries, may affect the outcome of the cataract surgery.
  • If you have a medical condition or should you be using any medication, you need to make your doctor aware of the details.
  • No cataract surgery should be done in the presence of any infection site on any part of the body (it is contraindicated even if you would have an infection of your foot!). All infectionsInfections may be caused by bacteria, viral or fungal agents that penetrate and affect any part of the body, including the eyes. Treatment of an infection depends on the source and nature of the agent that caused it. should heal first and only then the cataract surgery may be done.