Are The Holidays Better After Cataract Surgery?

When you have a cataract, the holidays aren’t as enjoyable as they could be. Whether you are getting together with family or shopping for gifts, a cataract can stand between you and the enjoyable experience you deserve. 

If a cataract is clouding your vision, it may be time to consider surgery. Keep reading to find out how the holidays are better after cataract surgery!

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract occurs when the lens of your eye becomes clouded. Symptoms include blurry vision, halos, glare, difficulty seeing at night, and frequent prescription changes. 

Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions affecting older adults. As you age, proteins inside of your eye’s natural lens begin to break down and clump together. In addition to aging, cataracts can have other causes, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and eye trauma. 

Cataracts typically develop slowly over time. Many patients do not notice them until they advance to the point where vision is significantly affected. When a cataract interferes with your daily life, surgery is often recommended.  

What Is Cataract Surgery?

There are more than three million cataract surgeries performed every year. During the procedure, your cataract surgeon will replace your natural lens with an artificial one.

This new lens is called an intraocular lens, or IOL. Cataract surgery is safe and effective and offers a short recovery time.

Most patients are able to see better and resume most of their normal activities within a few days. 

What Will Your Vision Be Like After Cataract Surgery?

The holidays are meant to be experienced without a cataract dimming your joy. The difference between before and after cataract surgery can be night and day. 

Once your cataract is gone, blurry vision will no longer be part of your daily life. It’ll be as if a fog has been lifted from your vision. 

Whether it’s your family’s smiling faces, a gift you’re unwrapping, or a delicious holiday meal, you’ll be able to see it clearly. One of the most frustrating effects of having a cataract is how they can create halos around light sources. 

This can be especially problematic during the holiday season when decorations with lights are common. It’s difficult to appreciate that warm glow when you’re experiencing all kinds of visual disturbances like halos and glare. Cataract surgery is an effective solution. 

Halos can also make it challenging to drive at night. Since it gets dark earlier this time of year, a cataract can mean difficulty driving for a significant portion of your day. You may even have to avoid it, making it impossible to be independent when you have to rely on others to drive you around. 

You won’t have to worry about this anymore after cataract surgery. Finally, a cataract can make colors appear muddy or even yellowed. 

The holidays are full of colors that you don’t want to lose their vibrancy. You’ll be able to see them all vividly once your cataract is gone. 

Since the recovery period is short, if you get cataract surgery soon, you’ll be well recovered before the holiday season. There’s no better time to enjoy the benefits of cataract-free vision. 

You owe it to yourself to get your cataract removed before this holiday season. 

Are you ready to experience the holidays without cataracts? Schedule a cataract evaluation at Rosenthal Eye Surgery and Fifth Avenue EyeCare in Long Island, NY, today!

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