When you have cataracts, knowing exactly when to cross over from managing it to getting cataract surgery can be difficult. At Sunrise Optical, we work with you through all phases of cataracts, from diagnosis to treatment to advice, and all the way up to offering cataract surgery co-management. Our Cliffside Park eye care is centered around keeping you informed and fully prepared for cataract surgery, should that become the determination. Making that decision is a serious consideration that should be made with the expert guidance that comes from our optometrist, Dr. David Iosebashvili. Providing an objective analysis of your current situation, discussing options with you, recommending a qualified surgeon, and making sure that you are aware of all the implications of cataract surgery are all part of this co-management service.
Over 50% of Americans who are 65 and older have cataracts, but this does not necessarily mean that all of them should get cataract surgery. For many patients, the best way to address cataracts is with the simplest method possible that is also effective: making an adjustment in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription to correct for the vision loss caused by your cataracts. Our Cliffside Park eye care will work closely with you to decide when it may be the right thing for you to recommend surgery as an option. As long as you are able to conduct your daily schedule and your normal routine, there is typically no need to consider surgery. If and when your cataract begin to interfere with your quality of life, this is when cataract surgery may be the way to go to restore your ability to live your life the way you want to.
Co-management will allow your Cliffside Park eye care to tell you what to expect and how to prepare for both the surgery and your recovery. The procedure, which has an impressive rate of success, involves removing the lens of your eye, which has become clouded by cataracts, and typically replacing it with an intraocular lens implant (or IOL). Sometimes, it is not possible to place an IOL and in those instances, eyeglasses or contact lenses will be necessary after surgery.