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4 Myths About Cataracts, Debunked

an elder eye patientMisinformation can cause people who have cataracts to forego surgery, resulting in an inactive lifestyle! It’s vital to fight misinformation with the truth. Allow us to debunk four myths about cataracts that may be blocking you from clearer vision:

Myth – Cataracts can form again after surgery.

Once your cataract is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL), you can never get a cataract in that eye again! A natural lens is susceptible to cataracts, but an artificial lens is not. Speaking of susceptibility, did you know that your lifestyle could contribute to the onset of cataracts? Read this blog from our archives to discover how to slow the development of cataracts. Here’s a sneak peak:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Wear Prescription Eyeglasses
  • Use Polarized Sunglasses

Myth – The artificial lens will irritate my eye.

An IOL is made to mimic your natural eye lens. There are different types of IOLs available to choose from, allowing your eye doctor to custom fit your IOL to your eye. IOLs have different types of focusing ability, which may eliminate your blurry vision caused by cataracts. Overall, the artificial lens will help – not hurt – your vision.

Myth – Cataract surgery is dangerous and lengthy.

On the contrary, cataract surgery typically takes 10 minutes, and the total time you’re at Vision Eye Group is about two hours. Cataract surgery is very safe, and it does not hurt. We use eye drops to numb your eyes and special tools to remove your cataracts.

Myth – No eye pain, no cataracts.

Pain is not a symptom of cataracts. That’s why months can go by without realizing a cataract is forming unless you have a comprehensive cataract evaluation. Consider the following symptoms of cataracts:

  • Blurry or dim vision
  • Dull colors
  • Seeing double
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Trouble seeing at night

Don’t go another day dealing with these frustrating symptoms! The Vision Eye Group doctors are happy to help you see better, ultimately improving your quality of life.

Do you have questions about cataracts or cataract surgery? Call us today: 478-744-1710