The age at which patients undergo cataract surgery is getting younger than it used to be. In the past, cataract surgery was primarily performed on people in their 70s and 80s, but Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, “The Surgeon’s Surgeon,” has seen a steady rise in cataract patients aged 69 and younger. Read on to better understand why so many patients have decided to have cataract surgery earlier in life.
Cataracts Get Worse with Time
With some medical ailments, patients can take a wait-and-see approach to decide whether treatment is necessary. However, with cataracts, there is no mystery: the cataracts will continue to worsen with each passing year. Knowing that their vision will only get hazier, patients may decide to stop trying to tolerate it in the meantime and have the surgery performed earlier. After all, since cataracts cannot return on eyes with an artificial lens, there is no such thing as getting cataract surgery “too soon.”
Premium Lenses Are a Benefit
Traditionally, cataract patients usually needed to wear prescription eyewear to help them see well at certain distances. However, modern Trifocal IOLs (intraocular lenses) allow patients to see objects near, far, and in between without needing glasses. Dr. Brian has a variety of premium lenses available, including the PanOptix lens, a trifocal IOL by AcrySof that is considered the best by leading ophthalmologists.
Recovery time depends significantly on the patient’s healing abilities. On average, younger eyes are more resilient to surgery. The fact that patients in their 60s are more likely to have their full vision return sooner after cataract surgery — and therefore resume their normal life and activities — is another incentive to avoid postponing cataract surgery.
Surgery Has Never Been Safer
In the past, some patients have waited until cataract surgery was absolutely necessary out of concern over potential risks and complications. Fortunately, safety standards have never been higher, which is why cataract surgery is one of the most performed surgeries in the United States. Dr. Brian is an accomplished ophthalmologist with state-of-the-art equipment, which allows him to perform cataract surgery at an elite level. His patients can feel confident they are receiving top-notch care.
Meet with Dr. Brian
The team at Boxer Wachler Vision Institute is one of the best in the nation at performing cataract surgery and optimizing the patient’s vision so they do not need reading glasses. Schedule a consultation at Dr. Brian’s Beverly Hills office by calling 310-860-1900 or filling out our online form.