Are you experenicing a lot of glare? Does you vision seem blurry to you? Could this be cataracts or something else? Sometimes cataract symptoms can signal other diseases that need treatment now. – MDA

It’s important to have them checked

By Family Health Team | 10/8/14 

Is it time for cataract surgery? It turns out, there are lots of good answers to that question – but only one best choice.

Cataracts, as it turns out, can be taken care of at any time. However, there is one very good reason to be evaluated right away, Dr. Gans says. Cataract-like symptoms may signal other problems – and those may need to be addressed immediately.

“The time to have them removed is when a patient notices changes,” he says. “The only problem is, the symptoms can be signs of other eye diseases that are much more time-sensitive. So you have to make sure it’s not something that needs to be treated more quickly and more aggressively.”

The disease, which is the most common cause of vision loss among people over age 40, does not cause permanent damage to the eye. So if patients simply have cataracts and no other eye issues, they have the power to decide when to get cataract treatment, says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD.

“The patient’s in the driver’s seat as far as when the time is to have something done,” Dr. Gans says. “Cataracts don’t hurt the eye; they don’t damage the eye in any way. If you see well enough, there’s no rush. If you can’t see well enough, it’s time to get something done,” he says.

When to treat cataracts is very individual. Some people with limited visual needs choose not to have their cataracts removed. Others have 20-20 vision but are troubled by the amount of glare, perhaps due to their profession. They may choose to have something done sooner….Read More: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/10/cataract-symptoms-can-signal-other-diseases-that-need-treatment-now/

source: Cleveland Clinic

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