Cataract is an ailment that affects the eyes as the person ages that may lead to partial or complete blindness if not taken care of. However, Losing one’s sight due to cataract is now no longer a serious case as it used to be thanks to modern removal techniques that can restore the sufferer’s vision, although one must have knowledge on how it begins and the symptoms as it progresses over time.
Cataracts are relatively difficult to detect at first, as the condition is one that starts slowly and gradually develops in time to the point where the sight of the person is being severely affected.
At this point, the cataract should be of considerable hardness for removal through surgical operation whether by the tried and tested removal methods of old or the more sophisticated equipments brought about by modern technology. The condition is successfully treated through surgical removal and thousands of affected people, especially elder people regain their vision through these successful operations.
First Indications – Cataract Needs Surgery
The first symptoms of cataract are likely to be mild at first that they could be easily confused with just short term loss of focus or tiredness. The most common symptom is that there the patient experiences cloudy or blurry vision and that colors seems faded in the patient’s perception.
Another common symptom is the presence of glare in one’s vision that lights just seem too powerful for the eyes and one has to close their eyes or look away and there may be a presence of a halo, a ring-like figure around the light source, in the patient’s vision.
Another Symptom is poor night vision where the person barely sees anything (or nothing at all) in the darkness in contrast to unaffected eyes which can see figures and shapes in the absence of light.
Another supporting symptom which occurs often is double vision, or seeing multiple blurred images in one eye or both and this will potentially worsen as the cataract’s opacity increases.
As the condition worsens there are a likely change in the initial symptoms with some getting worse and the other symptoms disappearing altogether. The disappearance does not mean, however, that the condition is improving (far from it) but it means that the cataract’s opacity has reached a considerable size to deflect light.
Double Vision will be drastically reduced as the lens no longer has the ability to direct light into one area. As the opacity increases in size, blurring may worsen and there are even cases where patients experience having sepia-colored tints in everything they see.
Another symptom would be the constant changes in prescription for the patient’s eyeglasses or contact lenses. They may observe that they will keep on changing to eyeglasses with a higher grade to their previous one on an alarming rate. This is likely caused by the cataract’s opacity blurring their vision.
Remedies – Cataract Needs Surgery
These advanced cataract symptoms will be clear signals that the patient needs to undergo operation, although they may be other possible courses of action to take upon. The simplest of these alternatives will be a change of lifestyle like improving your diet, having regular exercise, and detoxifying the body.
This alternative is recommended by practitioners of natural medicine who staunchly believe that any sickness in the body is causes by the body accumulating toxins coming from one’s unhealthy lifestyle.
Sadly, scientific tests into this method are finding not a lot of benefits or hope coming from this alternative but so far these tests are strictly limited. There are also newfound forms of eye drops which are becoming potential alternatives to surgery. Whether the eye drops has other effects on the other parts of the eye is yet to be seen.
Usually symptoms will get worse until the eyesight is severely affected. At this point, surgery will be the best remaining option and whatever risk are involved in surgery are worth taking as the patient will be rendered completely blind if surgery is not taken immediately.
Cataract operations have been performed many times already and have been developed to a very high level of sophistication. Most of the world still uses the old traditional method of making a large incision and pulling the cataract in one piece but countries with advanced technology have Phacoemulsification.
This method uses smaller incisions, less anesthetics, state-of-the-art equipment including ultrasonic needles and intraocular lens (IOL) implants and has shorter recovery time. Operation almost always gets the job done but there are one or two potential post treatment problems to look out for.
Some of the symptoms may return at any time after the surgery. This is known as after cataract, and is caused by the eye tissue surrounding the lens implant to become cloudy. It has to be treated with laser surgery and there are rarely any further complications which can lead to loss of vision.
If you underwent surgery it is important that you bear this possible complication in mind because this complication can worry most patients who may believe that the cataract has “returned” which is theoretically impossible.
Another complication would only occur if the surgeon makes any mistake in the removal process. One most common problem among patients, especially those who underwent the Phacomemulsification technique, is that there is a possibility that if the surgeon misplaces the lens implant by mere micrometers there may be complications.
The symptoms include double vision caused by the implant, seeing the edge of the implant, irritation and scarring in the eye tissue if the implant embeds itself permanently in the eye. There is no other alternative but for the patient to undergo another operation to replace the lens implant in its proper position and this must be done immediately , preferably under three weeks, before the implant undergoes the aforementioned embedding process.
When dealing with cataract, it is important to bear in mind that time is of the essence as is the case with other forms of ailments. One must quickly identify the symptoms as they first appear and to prevent it from developing immediately.
One must also lessen stress from the eyes as this could make the eyes susceptible to cataract. And it is important to remember that it is always not the best option to prolong surgery as delaying it would spell permanent loss of vision for the person.