A large cataract treatment center, www.cutarellivion.com, has recently published a list of the most common myths that people have surrounding cataract surgery. The list was composed using information which the clinic put together by interviewing their own patients before they underwent a cataract surgery. The information provided may be useful for vision care professionals that are seeking to discover misconceptions about cataract surgery which their own patients may have.
Perhaps the most common false idea that people have about cataract surgery is that it is very expensive. In fact the cost was listed as the number one reason why many patients had decided to wait for some time before consulting with an eye surgeon. As it were, cataracts treatments that don’t involve surgery are often more expensive than having an operation done to fix the problem. There are a lot of different drugs that are given to people in order to avoid surgery, but they are not given in order to save money, but rather when a patient has another eye condition which prohibits them from undergoing a regular cataract operation. Anyone out there who has been putting off a consultation with their eye doctor about cataracts, thinking there is just no way they could afford the operation, now is the time to talk with your doctor and find out the actual details.
Another thing people tend to believe which is incorrect is that cataract operations are risky. The national institute for vision and eye care released a study last year which stated that a cataract surgery was among the safest operation on the eye which exist today, and then went on to mention that the risk for losing vision was far greater if the operation didn’t occur. The modern methods for operating on cataracts are very safe because of the extensive preparation which is done before the operation takes place. A detailed model of the eye is created in a computer program which allows the doctors to see exactly where and how the eye needs to be operated on. In many cases the cataract is removed by a laser which is run by a computer system, something which helps eliminate risk by cutting down on the possibility of human error.
The final myth about cataract that we wanted to touch on is their cause. It seems like the two biggest falsehood surrounding cataracts are that they are something which only old people can have, and that there is now way to reduce the risk of getting cataracts. Older people are more likely to have cataracts, yet anyone can develop a cataract at any point in their life. People that believe that only elderly people get cataracts are at risk of developing one without being aware of the warning signs. As far as cataracts being strictly hereditary, this is also totally untrue. The public needs to be educated about the contributing risk factors for developing cataracts. The two main causes behind cataracts are smoking and diabetes. If people are unaware of the things that can cause cataracts, their risk level goes way up.