Have you ever looked into the eyes of an elderly person or even a pet and noticed that their eyes looked fogged over? If so, you were looking directly into the eyes of cataracts. By causing your vision to become cloudy, blurry, and otherwise hard to see, cataracts is an eye condition that makes small things like driving or watching a movie to seem virtually impossible. To help you better understand this eye condition, this article will answer a few frequently asked questions about cataracts. Read on to learn more.
FAQ: What’s the Average Age of a Cataract Patient?
If you are in your twenties, thirties, or even fifties, the last thing you should be worrying about is getting cataracts. In fact, cataracts primarily affects elderly individuals who are above the age of 65.
FAQ: Are Cataracts Genetic?
The short answer to this question is “no.” Because cataracts are primarily caused by aging tissue in the eyes, genetics don’t have a role. However, some hereditary diseases and conditions may make you more prone to developing cataracts than other people.
FAQ: What is Surgery Like?
The thought of undergoing any surgery, especially surgery that involves your eyes, is enough to make you want to flee the country and go on vacation. However, when it comes to cataract surgery there really isn’t much to worry about. Although you will be conscious the entire time, you won’t feel a thing. By numbing your eye beforehand, one of our ophthalmologists at Wilkinson Eye Center will then make a small incision on your eye to remove the cataract and replace it with an artificial lens.
FAQ: How Long Does Surgery Take?
One of the great things about cataract surgery is the fact that the procedure only takes an average of 10 minutes— which means that you won’t have to worry about taking too much time off of work. However, because your eyes will be sensitive to light afterward, we encourage our patients to take the rest of the day off of work to rest.
If you would like to learn more about cataract surgery or if you have any specific questions, contact Wilkinson Eye Center and we will gladly assist you. To learn more or to schedule an eye appointment, contact our office today!