In several cases, cataracts are subject to worsen with age and cause consistent loss of vision. It may affect driving which can be threatening and the quality of life.
If left untreated for longer period, it may cause permanent blindness. It is nearly impossible to tell exactly how it will worsen. Before your next eye test, if you feel that your vision is being lost or any other cataracts symptoms, it is better to get your vision checked with your doctor.
Change in eyeglass prescription can improve the vision quality if cataract gets worse. If you don’t know whether Medicare will pay for your cataract treatment or if it is worse enough, it is better to ask your cataract surgeon or eye doctor.
If left untreated, cataracts can get hyper-mature. In this condition, cataracts become even harder to remove and they may cause surgery complications. For better results, you may generally need cataract surgery soon after these problems develop instead of waiting for months.
Is Surgery the Only Solution?
For the foreseeable future at this time, surgery is the only cure for the cataracts. Though a healthy diet is suggested by some evidences to prevent cataracts, it is important to make healthy lifestyle or diet changes to keep cataracts from reversing once they are exist.
Researchers are finding out the options to develop eye drops that can cure or prevent cataracts. But such researches are currently in early stages. It is quite not possible to predict when this type of treatment will be available and whether it will be as effective as surgery to recover your vision.
Along with recovering vision which has been lost because of cataracts, surgery is capable to correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism with IOL or intraocular lens implanted after removing cataract.