WHAT HAPPENS IF CATARACTS ARE NOT TREATED?

Dr. Jim Martin 06/27/2016

older_woman.pngUntreated cataracts can drastically reduce your quality of life. It is critically important that you are aware of the symptoms of cataracts so you can identify red flags that indicate their presence. More importantly, you should meet with your eye doctor at least once per year to get an expert's opinion as to whether cataracts are developing in your eyes. Let's take a look at the negative impact untreated cataracts can have on your life.

A Delayed Diagnosis Or No Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Cataracts is a top cause of visual impairment. It affects over one-half of all Americans by the age of 80. If you fail to have your cataracts properly treated, you might suffer permanent blindness or a number of other eye problems. Untreated cataracts even have the potential to cause psychological illness. If cataracts are allowed to exist without interference, your eye lens will become extremely cloudy. This condition tends to emerge amongst older adults due to the eyes' natural aging process. But you do not have to accept vision loss as a fact of life.

A Threat To More Than Just Your Eyes

Consider what could happen if your cataracts remain untreated and your eyes become extremely cloudy. Your vision will drastically suffer, likely resulting in collisions with objects that you can't see. It might even result in serious falls that have the potential to leave you debilitated. Furthermore, it will be difficult to drive a vehicle or socialize with others. Can you imagine living life all alone without meaningful human contact? Such a life of loneliness will inevitably lead to depression.

Successful Treatment Odds Dwindle As Time Passes

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, do not delay your treatment. If you continue to wait, it will become increasingly challenging to properly repair the damage that the cataracts have caused. This is the type of problem that must be addressed as soon as possible. Otherwise, you heighten the odds of one of the negative outcomes described above coming to fruition.

Signs Of Cataracts

If you have not yet been diagnosed with cataracts but suffer its symptoms, be proactive and reach out for medical assistance. Common cataracts symptoms include blurry or dull vision, halos around lights and colors that appear less vibrant. Those who are afflicted with diabetes, smoke tobacco or have a family history of cataracts are especially at risk.

If you would like an eye checkup or have concerns about your eye health, schedule an appointment with Broome Optical. We'll gauge your eye health to ease your concerns and put you on the right path.

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