Delaying Cataract Surgery

Delaying Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries on the human body.

There are some good reasons why this should not be delayed. It is important that people are aware of the reasons behind this.

Problems of delaying cataract surgery

1. Sometimes this leads to an increase in eye pressure or glaucoma which can lead to permanent vision loss. The patient may experience severe eye pain when there is glaucoma, and the result of surgery is not successful.

2. Surgery for advanced cataracts has many issues. The cataract becomes hard and removal needs a lot of energy delivery from the phacoemulsification machine which in turn can harm the eye and the cornea. This can lead to corneal opacification and raised eye pressure. Hard cataracts also lead to weak capsular bags, which in turn lead to difficulty in placing the intraocular artificial lens. There is a risk of wound burn which may need to be managed by placing stitches.

With cataract progression, there is poor contrast and poor visibility in dim light, this can lead to an increased risk of falls and fractures

It is important to emphasize that cataract surgery is elective in nature and when the individual feels that there is a problem in seeing clearly, driving, or disturbance in daily activities – one should not hesitate to get operated. It is important not to be afraid of cataract surgery as this is a painless and injection-free surgery with rapid recovery. When one feels that a cataract is present and this is hampering day-to-day activities, one should discuss it with the eye doctor and plan for surgery.

Dr. Ramesh Murthy at AXIS EYE CLINIC has more than 20 years of experience and has trained at the best eye institutes in India and abroad. His vast experience helps him in tackling the most complex cases with ease. He has a pleasant demeanor and is frank and honest in revealing to the patients beforehand what to expect and what the result will be. He is positive, friendly, and always has a determination to do the best for the patient.

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