Cataracts cause clouding of the eyes that affect vision, making things appear blurry or as if looking through a fog. Cataract surgery from Dr. Raul Peña of the Peña Eye Institute is a highly effective option for treating cataracts and improving vision.
Improved vision is a primary benefit of cataract surgery, but there are many other cataract surgery benefits our patients from Harlingen, TX, and surrounding areas may enjoy after treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable benefits of cataract surgery and how it may be able to help you.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of cataract surgery is improved vision. Vision is improved with the use of intraocular lens implants (IOLs). During surgery, the natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an IOL.
Replacing natural lenses clouded by cataracts with IOLs makes it possible for patients to see clearly again. Some find that colors look more vibrant and objects appear crisper. IOLs may even improve the eye’s ability to focus, providing some patients better vision than they had even before cataracts.
Many patients notice immediate improvement in their vision after surgery, with vision continuing to improve as the eyes heal and adjust to the new lenses.
Helps with Overall Eye Health
It’s common for those with cataracts to have other eye problems, such as pressure within the eyes, glaucoma, or retinal damage.
When cataracts are left untreated, it can mask some of the symptoms of other eye problems and allow other problems to go unnoticed. Treating cataracts can help prevent and identify other eye problems to protect eye health and vision.
Reduces the Risk of Car Accidents
People who have cataracts may feel like they see everything through a fog or they may see halos around objects. Cataracts can make it difficult to see while driving, especially at night or in low visibility situations. As a result, people with cataracts may be at increased risk of car accidents.
Cataract surgery helps our Harlingen patients see more clearly. When individuals can see clearly, they are more likely to notice hazards while driving.
Reduces the Risk of Falls
When cataracts significantly impact vision, accidents are more likely to happen. Missing a step or not seeing something on the floor or ground can lead to falling and injury.
Improving vision with cataract surgery can help reduce the risk of falling by helping people see more clearly.
Improves Quality of Life
Cataracts can make it difficult for people to complete daily tasks, like read a recipe, drive, or work on a computer. Cataracts can also take the joy out of hobbies by making it difficult to see details.
By improving vision, cataract surgery can improve overall quality of life. Many patients are able to return to doing their favorite activities and complete daily tasks without being encumbered by poor vision.
Can You Benefit from Cataract Surgery?
If you have cataracts, you may benefit from cataract surgery. To find out if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery, call our Harlingen office at (956) 264-1200 to schedule a consultation.