When Is It the Right Time to Get Cataract Surgery Done?

Longwood Eye & Lasik cataract surgery When Is It the Right Time to Get Cataract Surgery Done?

Really when it comes down to it, there is no hard and fast rule in terms of an age when you should get cataract surgery done. But with that being said it is important to monitor your vision and have it tested by a professional optometrist. This allows for important dialogue to occur regularly to see how your vision is doing. Oftentimes the need for cataract surgery comes between the ages of 50 and 60 but it can occur because of various other influences as well. Continue reading to find out more about when to get the surgery done and what else to keep in mind prior.

How Is Your Eyesight?

Cataract surgery is directly affiliated with the symptoms of cloudy vision up to the point of not being able to see at all. But that does not mean you have to wait for your vision to get to that severity to have cataract surgery done. Even if your vision is slightly cloudy you can start getting the ball rolling with us here at Longwood Eye & Lasik. We prefer to have a longstanding rapport with our patients so that they always know they can turn to us. So if your vision starts getting blurry we can dictate if it’s a need for cataract surgery, or if maybe age is catching up to you and you simply need a pair of readers. The only time we will ever heavily encourage cataract surgery is if your vision is starting to be impaired by it. This is a safety issue for you, and you deserve a better quality of life by having better vision. So whether you know it’s the right time, or you want to talk to us to see how things are going, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-676-5050.

What Can I Do To Prevent Cataracts?

Unfortunately, cataracts are a very common condition that plagues many individuals later in life. Some sooner than others. The reason for that being is some factors can play a role in making one more susceptible to cataracts. Smoking is one of these factors. You would think that smoking typically targets the mouth and lungs but the chemicals in it, and the natural reactions your body has from smoking do negatively impact your vision. This goes hand and hand with a consistently improper diet. One strips the nutrients from your eyes, and the other does not allow for the proper nutrients to be absorbed by your body for your eyes. A final factor is sunlight. It’s good to get some sun here and there but “everything in moderation” right? Sunglasses can help with this and just ensure you are not exposed to the sun for extended periods.


That’s the beauty of this surgery, it is minimally invasive, it is absolutely pain-free and very quick to accomplish. The foggy lens of your eye is simply replaced by an artificial one that will be crystal clear. You will not notice an immediate difference for a few hours after the procedure as your body will have to get used to it. But after that point, you get to experience clear vision again and no longer have to get so close to items to be able to see or read them. Granted some type of glasses might still be needed in some instances depending on your vision, but that can be discussed.

We hope this info helps you feel more comfortable with the idea of cataract surgery, and in knowing that Longwood Eye & Lasik is here for you. You can reach our Gardner, MA location or any of our others by giving us a call at 1-800-676-5050.


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