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CarlinVision: When is surgery recommended for cataracts?

When Dr. Richard Carlin started practicing 40 years ago, cataracts were removed only after the patient was legally blind, unable to see the big “E” on the eye chart, unable to see to drive, read or watch TV.

Richard Carlin, MD

It was felt that cataracts had to be “ripe” before they could be removed. Today, cataracts are removed when your vision is no longer good enough to do the things you need to do. In other words, when cataracts are interfering with your particular lifestyle, they are ready to be removed. 

After a diagnosis of a cataract, the choice is yours when it comes to having cataract surgery. If your cataract is affecting your lifestyle by keeping you from performing simple daily tasks, your doctor may recommend the surgery to be performed as soon as possible. If your cataract is not yet keeping you from living the best life possible, you can choose to wait to have cataract surgery until it does start to affect your lifestyle. However, cataracts progressively get worse over time and if left untreated can lead to total loss of vision.

Choosing to have cataract surgery sooner than later is optimal in order to prevent the quality of your lifestyle lessening. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and everyone will eventually get cataracts if you live long enough. But by the age of 65, many people will experience vision that is noticeably cloudy due to cataracts. Some other symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, faded or dull colors, difficulty driving at night and light sensitivity.

Thanks to the advanced cataract surgical technology offered at CarlinVision’s state of the art surgery center, cloudy vision does not have to interfere with your vision quality. Our goal is to help you regain the clarity and quality of the vision you had prior to cataracts. It is normal to be nervous about cataract surgery but you should not let that hinder your decision to have cataract surgery. Our doctors and cataract surgical counselors are here to guide you through the entire cataract surgical process ensuring that you are comfortable and understand all of your available options. Most patients are beyond thrilled with their quality of vision and life after cataract surgery as they see the world in a whole different light. Just imagine what the next 40 years will bring in the treatment of cataract surgery!

Patients experience different symptoms with cataracts. If your vision is bothering you, please contact CarlinVision at 770.979.2020 or visit so that one of our board-certified ophthalmologists can determine the reason you are not seeing as clearly as you should be. If you are diagnosed with a cataract, our specially-trained cataract surgical counselors will educate you on your condition and instruct you on all your available treatment options.