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Is there any danger in postponing cataract surgery?

Dr. Jeffrey J. Wong, MD
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

Cataract surgery is elective—meaning you can choose to have it or not. Therefore, the scheduling is usually flexible. The cataract surgeon's job is to help you decide on  the proper timing of cataract surgery. Cataracts do become thicker and harder over time, which can make them more difficult for a surgeon to remove. Research shows that cataract surgery leads to improved vision and driving safety. It also reduces the number of accidents and falls in the elderly.  

Dr. Wayne Bizer
Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)
The time for cataract surgery is when the visual impairment reaches the point of altering your life activities (like driving at night or seeing street signs), or interferes with your ability to read, watch TV, or do other activities that are important in your daily life. Cataract surgery is one of the safest major surgeries that can be performed, with a success rate of greater than 98%, but complications and risks can be associated with every operation. Cataract surgery is rarely an emergency and can often be delayed, but remember, the longer one delays cataract surgery, the more dense (hard) the cataract will become, and this will make the operation more difficult for your eye doctor to perform in a safe manner.

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