When Should You Have Cataracts Removed?

An upclose image of a man reaching for his glasses with blurry visionCataracts have no natural cure or method of being reversed. The only treatment is removal of the cataract and the placement of an intraocular lens. Fortunately, cataract surgery is very common, safe, and effective. It is also true that cataracts develop in stages. So when is the right time to get a cataract removed?

Timing will vary from person to person. It’s important to seek the advice of an experienced eye doctor like the doctors at Kirk Eye Center. After examining your eyes and the progress of your cataract(s), our eye doctors will provide guidance for what to do next.

Typically, cataracts should be removed when they start to interfere with your daily life. This interference with daily activities occurs because of the blurriness caused by cataracts. This may manifest as:

  • Difficulty reading street signs
  • Halos around lights
  • Inability to drive at night
  • Difficulty enjoying activities like crafts, reading, woodwork, drawing, cooking, and other up-close activities
  • Feeling like you can’t see clearly
  • Difficulty performing everyday chores and routines like errands, cleaning, working, etc.

It is possible to remove a cataract before it causes this level of blurriness, but it may not be necessary. If you know or suspect you have a cataract, we encourage you to get started with our eye doctors right away, so they can provide recommendations for whether to remove the cataract now, and whether there are any benefits or drawbacks to waiting.

There is a drawback to waiting until the cataract has reached a mature stage. It will begin to get stiffer and fully formed, and the removal can be more difficult at this stage. There may also be an increased risk of surgical complications. The removal is still possible, but it’s important to consult an experienced eye doctor to monitor the progress of your cataract so that they can recommend the right time to remove it.

Treatment for Your Cataracts

If you live in or around Loveland, Colorado, and if you are searching for an experienced eye doctor to provide diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, please call Kirk Eye Center at 970-669-1107. We look forward to arranging your consultation!

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