Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the world. Unfortunately, widespread misconceptions about cataracts have prevented many people from seeking prompt, effective treatment for the condition. In today’s post, your expert eye doctor busts four common myths about cataracts.
Myth #1: Doing Close-Range Tasks Causes Cataract Formation
Cataracts make it difficult to do close-range activities, like reading a book—but they are not caused by engaging in these activities. Cataracts develop when proteins in your eyes start to disintegrate, which is often part of the normal aging process. These proteins may accumulate on the surface of your lenses, blocking light rays and impairing your vision.
Myth #2: Eye Drops Can Remove Cataracts
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet recognized any medicated eye drops as a cure for cataracts. Currently, the accepted treatment options include wearing high-prescription eyeglasses during the early phase and cataract removal surgery when you experience significant visual restrictions.
Myth #3: Cataract Surgery Is a Dangerous Treatment Method
Cataract surgery, on the contrary, has a 95% success rate, making it one of the safest and most reliable surgical operations. In fact, many patients have reported resuming their normal activities the very next day after the cataract removal. As with any other invasive procedure, however, there are potential risks, which your eye doctor will explain in detail.
As part of your pre-operative preparation, we will conduct an eye exam and then explain everything you need to know about the procedure. With the combined experience, skills, and knowledge of our eye doctors, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will do our best to ensure a successful procedure and a swift recovery for you.
Myth #4: Cataracts Are a Reversible Problem
Cataracts are not reversible, but there are steps you can take to halt their progression. Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection, eating eye-friendly foods, and having regular eye exams are some good examples.
If you have more questions about cataracts, call us at (703) 291-0080 or complete our form. We serve Falls Church and Arlington, VA.