When Mr Malay Chatterjee, a resident of Kolkata, was struggling to read the newspaper even with the glasses on, he realised that something was wrong. Also, he was finding driving at night difficult. So, he stopped driving altogether. When he told his son who stayed in Delhi about the problems, his son suggested he visit an eye doctor in Kolkata immediately. When the eye doctor checked Mr Chatterjee’s eyes, he told him that he has cataracts and would be needing cataract surgeries soon. Mr Chatterjee was sceptical about the surgery as he had heard that post-cataract surgery one needs to spend several days in the hospital and the recovery period is often long.
His eye doctor, however, clarified this and assured Mr Chatterjee that it was a myth. Normally, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure which means he can go home on the same day of his surgery. Mr Chatterjee had many other doubts, which the eye doctor answered patiently.
Feeling reassured, he got the cataract surgery done and noticed his vision improving. He got his confidence back as he was able to do everyday things easily without glasses.
Like Mr Chaterjee, if you too are not getting cataract surgery done because of some myths and misconceptions about cataract surgery, we suggest you to go through this useful read on myths surrounding cataract and cataract surgery”
Myth 1: You don’t need cataract surgery. It will go away on its own!
Fact : If left untreated, cataract can even lead to blindness. Cataract surgery restores vision in the majority of people. People who have had cataract surgery experience better quality of life as they can do a lot of important daily activities such as reading, working and pursuing their hobbies without needing any help.
Myth 2: Cataract surgery is very expensive. It’s not a feasible solution for patients for middle-income households
Myth 3: Cataract affects only old people
Fact: Though cataract is usually related to ageing, it can also develop in younger people. Various factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol, exposure to UV rays can make younger people vulnerable to cataracts.
Myth 4: Cataract surgery is not safe
Fact: Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgeries performed. It’s usually performed in one eye and is done under local anesthesia. During the procedure, your eye surgeon will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one.
Myth 5: Cataract has no symptoms at all
Fact: Cataract slowly creeps up on you with few symptoms. Some of the symptoms that people should be careful about are:
2.Halo around lights
4.Reduced night vision
Any vision change like change in eye prescription needs to be taken seriously. If you notice eye-related problems, it’s important to get a comprehensive eye exam done to rule out eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
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