The most common indication for cataract surgery via phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation is the patient's desire to improve vision. If a patient's best corrected visual acuity does not meet government agencies and industries' minimum standards of visual function for tasks for driving, flying, or operating complex equipment, cataract surgery via phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation may need to be considered.
Most cataracts are age-related, so it may be difficult to tell if you are developing a cataract or if your vision is changing in other ways due to age. Even after you have received a cataract diagnosis, your doctor may simply strengthen the prescription for your glasses or have you wear different kinds of corrective wear until other symptoms of the cataract become too difficult to manage. Your doctor may recommend wearing glasses with an antiglare coating, especially for night vision, or even a yellow pair of glasses to cut down glare.
When should somebody consider cataract surgery? Well, in general we recommend that you consider it when what you call your activities of daily living are being impacted by the cataract.
Now fortunate thing is that neither the doctor nor insurance companies can define activities of daily living. You get to define that. So what are the things that you need to do, want to do, enjoy doing that you’re no longer able to do even with a new pair of spectacles? That could be reading, driving, computer work, but it could even be hobbies.
The degree to which you are having difficulties with daily life activities due to your vision will be the deciding factor to move forward with surgery.
The 3 Most Common Ways Cataracts Impact Daily Life
Common descriptions by patients are:
In addition to describing how your vision is affecting daily life, our clinical staff will take measurements at your exam to determine if your cataracts are visually significant.
Per the Washington State Health Department masks are still required to be worn by all patients and staff regardless of CDC recommendations.
Since we perform exams in close proximity we appreciate all patients wearing their masks appropriately for the entirety of their visit to protect our staff and families.