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According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, half of all Americans will develop cataracts by the time they reach 75 years old, with nearly 25 million Americans age 40 and older being affected. If you’re one of those people, you will need treatment to address your worsening vision. One eye treatment many ask about when dealing with cataracts is LASIK surgery, but the truth is that this might not be an option for you.

Keep reading to learn the truth about LASIK and cataracts from your McAllen eye surgeon at Gelman Vision.

Can LASIK Fix Cataracts?

To put it simply, no, LASIK surgery cannot treat cataracts. However, to understand why, we need to consider what cataracts are and how LASIK works. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside the eye often caused by the everyday wear and tear of aging. 

LASIK, on the other hand, is a surgery meant to correct imperfections in the shape of your cornea, the outer layer of your eye. Because LASIK affects the cornea rather than the lens of the eye, this surgery can’t be used to correct cataracts.

Can I Get LASIK if I Have Cataracts?

While LASIK eye surgery in McAllen can provide significant improvements for many patients, it isn’t right for everyone. If you have cataracts, you will probably not be advised to undergo LASIK surgery. While LASIK still may offer some improvements in your vision despite your cataracts, those cataracts will continue to grow and counteract any benefits of your surgery. 

In other words, LASIK surgery won’t get to the root cause of your worsening vision, and, instead, the issue will continue to get worse.

What Are My Treatment Options for Cataracts?

You won’t be able to get LASIK eye surgery to fix your cataracts, but that doesn’t mean there are no treatment options available. Still, your options are limited. If you have cataracts, the only way to address the issue is with cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, your McAllen ophthalmologist will remove the cloudy lens from your eye and replace it with an artificial lens. 

You can expect to start seeing improvements in your vision after cataract surgery in about one to three days, but it may be several weeks or even a few months before you see the full results.

Get Cataract Surgery in the Rio Grande Valley at Gelman Vision

If you think you might have cataracts, don’t give up hope. You can get treatment and see improvements in your vision with help from a Rio Grande Valley cataract surgeon.

Without treatment, your cataracts are only going to get worse. Don’t wait to get the care you need. Come see a McAllen ophthalmologist at Gelman Vision to learn whether or not you need cataract surgery to correct your vision problems.

Start seeing more clearly with treatment from Gelman Vision. Come see your McAllen eye doctors for care.

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