Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world. Yet in spite of how common they are, many people still don’t know much about them.
Some people mistakenly believe that cataracts only affect senior citizens. Some people believe that cataract surgery is dangerous.
This blog post will attempt to clear up the five most common myths about cataracts.
1. Cataracts can spread from one eye to the other
Many people believe that cataracts are a type of film that grows across your eye. So they mistakenly believe that if you get a cataract in one eye, it can spread to the other eye.
Cataracts do not grow across your eye; it is a cloudiness that forms inside the lens of your eye.
Many people that develop a cataract in one eye do eventually develop another one in the opposite eye. However, each cataract formed independently of the other – they did not spread from one eye to the other.
2. There is nothing you can do to prevent cataracts from forming
This is mostly true. There is no guaranteed method of preventing a cataract from ever forming. However, there are steps you can take to protect your eyes and lower your risk of developing premature cataracts.
For instance, prolonged sun exposure has been shown to increase your risk of developing premature cataracts. So you are protecting your eyes simply by wearing sunglasses and a hat when you spend time outdoors.
And you should talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking and the risks involved. Some medications, like steroids, have been shown to increase your likelihood of developing premature cataracts.
3. Taking aspirin can prevent cataracts
There is no sufficient evidence to prove that taking aspirin will help prevent cataracts. In fact, taking large doses of aspirin can have many other negative health consequences.
4. Cataracts can be fixed with eye drops
This would be nice, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, that solution doesn’t exist at this time. Currently, the only effective treatment is cataract surgery.
5. Recovery from cataract surgery takes months
This couldn’t be further from the truth! Recovery from cataract surgery is actually fairly quick. The surgery itself only takes about 30 minutes and most patients find the recovery time to be short, as well.
Are you currently living with cataracts and interested in learning more about cataract surgery? Call us at 877-373-2020 to speak with one of our patient advocates – they will get you set up with your cataract evaluation!