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What Should You Do If You Have Cataracts?

Consider taking advantage of free clinics or treatment days that are offered by organizations.

Nov 13, 2015

It's estimated that half of all Americans aged 80 or above have cataracts, and overall that about 20 million people in the country have the problem in one or both eyes. Age is the driving factor behind this problem, and as you age the proteins inside your eye's lens can clump together and create cloudy, blurred, or dim vision.

So what should you do if you feel like you may be experiencing vision problems related to cataracts? There are a few things to consider.

  • Start by visiting your vision specialist to find out for sure if that's really the problem. If you can't afford to visit one, consider taking advantage of free clinics or treatment days that are offered by organizations around the country. Once you know exactly what your problem is you can then better understand what steps are options for you.
  • Many people go for several years without having corrective surgery, and it essentially comes down to you and the way you feel about your condition. Taking steps like stopping smoking and reducing blood sugar and blood pressure could prevent further development of the problem, but eventually the clouding will likely become too severe to see properly any longer.
  •  Surgery is very straightforward when it comes to correcting cataracts. Modern technology provides cutting-edge lasers that remove the lens of the eye and it is then replaced with an artificial one. It takes little time and recovery is fast.

In short, it's really up to you and your situation as to when you have surgery. You may not need to have it immediately, but knowing what your options are early will let you plan ahead.

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