Common Myths About Cataracts

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Cataracts are caused by clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which prevents rays of light from reaching the retina. There are many myths about cataracts that prevent people from gaining access to effective cataract treatment. Linda Vision in Monterey Park, California, is a comprehensive vision center that specializes in cataract surgery. Dr. Linda Vu and our team will work with you closely to discuss your concerns regarding cataracts, as well as your treatment options.

What Are Cataracts?

The leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., cataracts are caused by a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts are generally painless and initially result in blurry and distorted vision. But if left untreated, cataracts eventually lead to significant vision loss. The only way to remove cataracts is through surgery.

3 Myths About Cataracts

One common myth is that eye drops can dissolve or prevent cataracts. Unfortunately, some eye drops that are available over the counter may claim to do this, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any drops that prevent, delay or cure cataracts.

Another common myth is that cataracts are reversible. The clouding associated with cataracts occurs during the aging process and can only be managed, not reversed. Avoiding smoking, wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, and eating a healthy diet can help to slow the progression of a cataract’s effects, but only cataract surgery can remove the clouded lens and restore clear vision.

Cataract surgery is often seen as a dangerous surgery that involves months of recovery. This myth about cataracts is often the most harmful, because it prevents many people from undergoing a necessary surgery. While any surgical intervention entails some level of risk, cataract surgery is considered safe and has a high rate of success.Linda Vision offers comprehensive vision care, including LASIK and cataract surgery. Click here to learn more about our services and specialties.

Let Linda Vision Ease Your Concerns

Dr. Vu specializes in LASIK surgery, cataract surgery and eyelid surgery. She and our friendly staff understand that you may have concerns about eye surgery, and we’re here to discuss your options and ease your worries. To learn more about our various vision services, or to discuss your treatment options, please call us at (626) 382-2020 to schedule an appointment today.