Losing your vision can be a scary experience. We experience the world around us through our senses. Sight is one of the most precious and indispensable senses of all. A wide range of people develop cataracts. They are certainly not a new issue. Neither is cataract treatment. The first recorded cataract treatments were in the 5th Century BC, when ancient surgeons used natural needles to slide cataract tissue out of the eye’s axis of vision.
Since then, people have developed far less invasive and more effective ways of living with cataracts. Don’t panic if you see your eyes becoming milky. There are plenty of treatments available, and you need not let your quality of life change for the worse.
What Exactly Are Cataracts?
A cataract is not an object of its own accord, but rather a change in the state of tissue within the eye. Essentially, lens tissue within the eye begins life as a completely clear substance. As you grow older, it may cloud, causing a ‘cataracted’ lens. This is made more likely by issues that affect the nervous and vascular system such as diabetes and smoking.
Simply put, cataracted tissue obscures your vision. It can feel like you are looking through smoky glass, or it can even completely disable your eyesight. Cataracts may stop you from being able to read, drive or watch movies.
What to Expect
Depending on where you live, you can expect to see differing levels of support for cataracts.
In the United Kingdom, eye surgery is covered under the National Health Service. In the United States, you’ll need to check with your insurer to see whether your eyes are covered in your plan.
One thing you should definitely expect is a change in vision. There is no way of experiencing cataracts without a loss of sight. Some people may only ever experience minimal loss of sight, whereas others may rapidly lose their visual sense.
Look for Support
Don’t be afraid to looks for support with your sight. It can feel awfully lonely when your senses are deteriorating. If you are the parent of a child with cataracts, don’t be afraid to reach out for support.
There are some amazing charities working around the world helping people whose vision is deteriorating. Charities such as sightseers help people in less wealthy areas access modern cataract surgery, so that they can avoid blindness and dangerous ‘couching’ procedures.
Surgical intervention is getting less invasive. Modern cataract surgery is conducted without large corneal incisions. Instead, ultraviolet light is used to break down the cataracted tissue, which is then removed using a keyhole incision. You will then have a cataract lens implant fitted.
When considering which surgeon you might put your lot in with, you’ll need to find out which method and technology system they use. When you know what system they use, seek out reviews. Companies often have testimonial pages. Take these reviews with a pinch of salt. Always consult multiple review sites before committing to surgery.