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Why Cataract Surgery Should Not Be Postponed

We’ve had many patients ask us about elective surgery at this time; specifically, cataract surgery. Should they? Shouldn’t they? So much information and varying opinions have understandably caused some confusion, and with the hope of bringing some clarity, we want to address it.

Here Are Some Tidbits We’re Telling Our Patients:

  1. Cataracts can worsen over time, and the longer you wait, the harder they are to remove. Cataracts cannot be treated with medication, diet or eye drops, and they will not heal on their own. Cataracts must be surgically removed to restore clear vision. And as cataracts mature, they become denser and more difficult to remove. We like to tell our patients that the best time to have cataract surgery is when cataracts begin to have a negative impact on their daily lives and tasks.
  2. ASCs vs. Hospitals. Cataract surgery at Mann Eye IS NOT performed in a hospital, but in a trusted Ambulatory Surgery Center. The truth is, an ASC is probably the safest place for you to receive the care you deserve. Why? Because ASCs do not treat sick patients. Additionally, ASCs are held to extremely high safety standards. They are highly regulated healthcare facilities and must comply with many regulations at the federal and state level. Thanks to the pandemic, ASCs are being held to even more stringent requirements for safety and infection prevention.
  3. Clear vision is key to maintaining safety (even in your own home). According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and can come with significant economic and personal costs. While not all falls are due to poor vision and depth perception, of course, many are.
  4. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to complete vision loss. This sobering fact doesn’t need more words to convey its seriousness.
  5. At Mann Eye, we go above and beyond to safely serve you. The health and safety of our patients and team members are of great importance to us. Rest assured, we are taking every measure to continue keeping you safe.

If you have any questions about referring your patient for cataract surgery at this time, we’d love to hear from you!

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