Reading glasses and cataracts

Reading Glasses and Cataracts

Reading glasses and cataracts. Age-related cataracts are a common vision condition that affects seniors. They occur gradually, and typically start with a gradual clouding of the lens in one or both eyes. This reduces clarity of vision, making it difficult to read small print or to see far distances without glasses. It can also cause pronounced glare from bright lights or halos around bright objects. Additionally, cataracts can cause sensitivity to glare, double vision, and decreased contrast sensitivity in certain cases.

How do cataracts progress.

Cataracts typically progress slowly and become worse over time. Once cataracts have advanced to a certain point, wearing standard reading glasses may not be enough to correct vision problems caused by cataracts. If cataracts are particularly advanced, surgery may be necessary to remove them and replace the lens with an artificial one.

Regular eye examinations

It’s important for seniors to undergo regular eye exams so cataracts can be detected early and managed appropriately. Wearing reading glasses or using brighter lighting may help reduce some of the symptoms of cataracts and make it easier for seniors to function independently. Early detection is important as cataracts can cause significant vision impairment if left untreated.

Cataract surgery, is it safe?

Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure to treat cataracts and improve vision. It involves replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye with an artificial one and usually takes about 20 minutes per eye. The procedure is typically done in an outpatient setting under local anaesthesia. Cataract surgery has a very high success rate and can restore your vision significantly.

Cataract Surgery can be life changing.

Cataract surgery can be life-changing, and many cataract patients report improved vision, less need for reading glasses, better night vision and increased confidence after the procedure. If you’re experiencing cataracts-related vision issues, cataract surgery may be an option for you. Talk to your eye doctor about whether cataract surgery is right for you and how it could help you restore your vision.

What will I need after surgery.

Your vision will temporarily be blurry after your operation but will settle down in about a week. Your distance vision is likely to improve first but at this point you are likely to need reading glasses.

Reading glasses can be used to help you read. They are harmless to wear and often provide good reading vision. They are made in different strengths that increase in 0.25 dioptre steps from +1.00 up to +3.50. The higher the power, the closer the focus will be set. It is usually advised that you wait at least a couple of days after surgery before using them as you will need your vision to settle.

How will I know what strength I will need.

If your surgeon has not advised you on your temporary strength of reading glasses you can go to a retailer that sells reading glasses. They will usually have different strengths available for you to try on and you will find a strength that suits you.

Reading glasses do not need to be boring.

You can buy basic off the shelf plastic reading glasses, but if you want to look stylish and smart, there are various brands, styles, and colours available for you to choose.

Here at Funkyreaders you will find a collection of beautiful reading glasses in all strengths +1-+3.5, so why not look.

Wishing you all the best in your recovery.

Ciao for now!

Martin and Judith