We will all eventually develop cataracts. It is a clouding of the lens inside our eye. Lens become cloudy as our body ages. There is no medicine, food, or exercise
that will prevent this from occuring. If you are 60, you will have some cataract in your eye. It is analogous to saying the if you are 60, you will have some white/gray hair
. Now, at age 60 your cataract will be "mild" or as some doctors call it "not mature" and you should still enjoy good vision
. As we get older, our cataract will become more cloudy and dense. So at some point, your doctor will recommend surgery. This point is when you can not pass the drivers license eye exam
with your glasses
or if you are significantly bother by the decreased vision.
Doctor should never push the patient into having the surgery. But as the patient postpone the surgery, the vision will only get worse and the surgery become more difficult to perform. I have had a patient who at age of 101 finally decided to have the surgery and was very happy afterwards. But the surgery was very difficult.
Thought of having an eye surgery
is daunting and scary but the other option is to have your vision slowly get worse and surgery more difficult to perform. For this reason, you should find a experienced cataract surgeon who has performed many surgeries with minimum complications. You can and should ask your surgeon how many cataract surgeries they perform per year and how many complications they have.