Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unfortunately, there are a number of widespread myths about cataracts that may prevent people from seeking effective treatment. In today’s post, your trusted cataract doctor from EyeSite of The Villages reveals the truth behind four common cataract myths.

4 Popular Cataract Myths and the Truth Behind Them

Myth #1: Doing Close-Range Work Can Cause Cataracts

This is false; cataracts may make it hard to do close-range tasks like reading, writing, or cooking, but those tasks themselves do not cause cataracts. Cataracts are an age-related condition that causes your eyes to become cloudy, leading to vision loss.

Myth #2: Eye Drops Can Cure Cataracts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not consider any medicated eye drops as a cataract treatment. Currently, surgery is the only recognized and effective way to remove cataracts. During your eye exam, we will assess your vision. If we find that cataracts are causing significant visual restrictions, we may recommend surgery. Otherwise, cataracts are typically addressed through high-prescription eyewear.

Myth #3: Cataract Surgery Is Dangerous

While it’s true that all invasive treatment options involve risks to a certain extent, cataract surgery is actually considered one of the safest and most reliable procedures in the medical field and has a 95% success rate. Rest assured that your experienced eye doctor will explain everything you need to know about the process and will answer any questions you have. We provide reliable post-operative care as well, ensuring a smooth and fast recovery.

Myth #4: Cataracts Are Reversible

While cataract development cannot be reversed, you can take steps to prevent cataracts from progressing and maintain your visual clarity for a longer time. We recommend eating a balanced diet, wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection, and visiting your cataract and glaucoma doctor regularly.

If you have any further questions about cataracts, call us at (352) 504-4560. We provide eye care to patients from The Villages, FL, and nearby areas.