Deciding when exactly to get a cataract surgery done has always been a quite difficult task to take up. And now the Covid -19 pandemic is posing even more questions about the timings of the cataract surgery. Should we get it right now? Is it safe to do it now? I ‘m sure many of you have gone through this phase and will certainly agree with me.
Well having a cataract is like looking through a foggy or a dusty glass. The images appear blurred, hazy and less bright. Cataracts generally develop gradually over a period of time.
So the next question is when should I do my cataract surgery? Can I wait for a few more months? If I wait will there be any further complications? Well I would say that it is all about your function level. Unless your vision is severely impaired, then there is no urgency to get the cataract surgery done.
If the loss of vision affects your safety or you find it extremely difficult to carry out your daily activities like even walking up to the restroom , or you find it difficult to drive, read, cook or watch TV and you are totally dependent on someone else then you must surely not delay in getting the cataract surgery done.
It is important to get a complete examination as your ophthalmologist will be able to assess your vision, evaluate the rate at which the cataract is maturing, and monitor the intraocular pressure and even the retina. Ultimately I would like to say that careful monitoring; good communication between the patient and the doctor will usually result in a successful outcome .
While telehealth has been quite successfully used in ophthalmology, I would still recommend that it is always better to meet the doctor in person before you plan for surgery. Telehealth can be useful when you want to discuss the various symptoms of cataract but before you schedule a surgery it is important to confirm that the decline in your vision is because of cataract and not due to any other cause. And also prior to doing the surgery the ophthalmologist has to thoroughly evaluate the eye and see if it is safe to operate.
Let me share with you some tips that you can try at home to delay the cataract and protect your eyes
- Wear sun glasses or a hat whenever you go outside to block the harmful ultraviolet sunlight.
- Avoid smoking.
- Make sure you eat healthy. Incorporate green leafy vegetables, fruits and food with antioxidants.
- Make sure any chronic disease like diabetes or high blood pressure is always kept under good control.