What Happens If I Don't Have Cataract Surgery?

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What Happens If I Don't Have Cataract Surgery? | Fort CollinsCataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. This eye condition causes gradual vision loss as the natural lens of your eye becomes clouded. The only effective way to reverse vision loss caused by cataracts is through cataract surgery, but what happens without surgery?

When a cataract develops, you’ll begin to notice symptoms such as double vision, dimmed vision and halos around lights. These symptoms will only worsen without cataract surgery and could cause:

  • Difficulty driving at night.
  • Interference with your daily activities.
  • An increased likelihood of fall or injury.
  • Severe vision loss.
  • Blindness.

If the cataract is not affecting your daily activities, then you don’t need to have surgery immediately. However, if the vision loss is preventing you from reading or driving, then cataract surgery is necessary. Waiting to have cataract surgery until the symptoms have become severe can actually make the procedure more difficult and increase your risk of complications. You may also require more time to recover.

There is no proven way to prevent or reverse the development of cataracts. Surgically removing the foggy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is your best option. If you have cataracts in both eyes, the surgery is done on one eye at a time several weeks apart.

Cataract surgery is a quick procedure that could leave you with better vision than you had before the cataract. Our eye surgeon can answer your questions and calm your nerves during your eye exam.

If you’re experiencing vision changes, call Kirk Eye Center in Fort Collins today at 970-669-1107 to schedule your eye exam. Our experienced ophthalmologist provides eye care and surgery to patients in the Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor areas of Colorado. 

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