When should a cataract be operated on?

Normally you decide when the right time for a cataract operation is over. The only exception is that your cataract has progressed so far that the lack of vision endangers your own safety and that of others.

Compelling medical reasons for the removal of the clouded lens are rare. The decisive factor is how impaired you feel in everyday life, at work and in your private life.

You decide, not the doctor!

Consult with your ophthalmologist. Do not be rushed to surgery if you do not feel like it. There is no "too late!" For this procedure, unless it is prevented by other accompanying factors.

Take into account, however, that in the long run further deterioration is to be expected and, for example, an increasing hardening of the affected lens may increase the risk of operative complications. If there are other eye diseases, it can also be in certain cases that the star operation is no longer possible.

If the cataract occurs on both sides, usually the worse eye is operated first and with a distance of several weeks the other.

Can astigmatism be eliminated in cataract surgery?

Yes, that's perfect. During a cataract operation, the surgeon gains access to the interior of the eye through a small incision in the area of ​​the cornea. If he makes the cut in a suitable manner on the steep meridian, that is, at the point of astigmatism, he can reduce it and correct the visual defect in the best case.

Author: Dr. Hubertus Glaser