In cataract surgery, your eye's damaged lens is removed and is then replaced with an artificial lens. Cataracts usually cause your eye lens to become cloudy, interfering with proper vision. An ophthalmologist will conduct the surgery, and you are free to go home once the procedure is done.

Factors that increase your risk of cataracts include age, diabetes, excessive UV exposure, smoking, obesity, and hypertension.

Here are a few benefits of cataract surgery.

Boost Your Vision

Cataracts can cause various symptoms, such as:

  • Dim vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Poor reading ability
  • Fading of colors
  • Double vision

Fortunately, cataract surgery can help correct these problems. For example, if you have trouble seeing objects nearby or far away, the procedure can help you regain proper eyesight. You can read comfortably and view things at a distance. Also, the surgery can help correct presbyopia. This condition affects your eye's refractive ability, making it hard to see things up close. The abnormality primarily affects middle-aged and older adults.

Presbyopia has symptoms like headaches and eye strain. Your eye doctor can check for this condition during routine eye check-ups.

Improved Night Vision

Cataracts make it difficult to see correctly at night. If you are driving at night, the oncoming cars' headlights can appear brighter than usual, preventing you from seeing properly. You might lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident, especially if you are blinded by bright LED lights that are now common. This problem can put other peoples' lives and yours in danger. Also, walking at night can be challenging as the glare from the streetlights will affect you, so you may not see traffic well, making you prone to accidents.

Brighter Colors

One of the things you will notice after cataract surgery is that colors appear brighter. This phenomenon is because the defect causes your eye to become yellowish; hence, things will appear more faded. Once the problem is corrected, you can see colors correctly. If your eye feels itchy and more sensitive to light after the treatment, you shouldn't worry. The problem will subside in a few days.

You should avoid rubbing your eyes. Your eye specialist may recommend you wear an eye patch for a few days after the surgery. The professional may also prescribe eye drops or other medication to prevent infections and relieve inflammation. However, if your symptoms don't improve after a few days or you experience persistent pain and eye redness, you should call your eye doctor immediately.

Reach out to a local eye doctor to learn more.