Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unfortunately, widespread misconceptions about cataracts can get in the way of proper treatment.
Read on as your eye doctor from EyeSite of The Villages unveils the truth behind four common cataract myths.
Myth #1: Close-Range Work May Cause Cataracts
Cataracts form when proteins break down in your eyes, which is usually part of the aging process. They settle on your lenses’ surfaces, blocking light rays from entering your eyes. Close-range work like reading or knitting may make your eyes feel tired, but it does not cause cataracts.
Myth #2: Eye Drops Can Dissolve or Reduce Cataracts
Presently, surgery is the only recognized way to remove cataracts causing significant visual limitations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved any medicated eye drops that can dissolve cataracts or prevent their formation. For minor cataracts, wearing high-prescription eyeglasses may help.
Myth #3: Cataracts Are a Reversible Condition
It’s a fact that protein will disintegrate in your eyes as you age, which is why cataract formation is generally considered an unavoidable process. That said, there are ways to delay the progression of cataracts. We suggest maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection and avoiding smoking.
Myth #4: Cataract Surgery Is Risky
On the contrary, cataract surgery is a generally safe and reliable procedure, with a 95% success rate. In fact, most patients can resume their normal activities within a day or so after the surgery. As with any other surgery, however, there are some risks, which we’ll explain during your eye exam as part of your preparation.
To learn more about cataracts, call us at (352) 504-4560. We serve Fruitland Park and nearby FL areas.