IN THIS VIDEO PROF MOHAMMED MUHTASEB EXPLAINS WHY YOU SHOULD NOT DELAY CATARACT SURGERY
What happens if you delay or don’t have cataract surgery?
The timing of refractive cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange or any surgical intervention is critical. I need to know that the patient is completely comfortable with their decision to undergo a surgical procedure. If I feel that a patient is not completely comfortable with the decision that they’re taking, for whatever reason, I’d rather they took some time to consider it and meet me again. Once the decision has been taken, then cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange are safe procedures.
If a cataract is left to become very dense and thick, the risks of the surgery do increase. That’s well established and has been well documented in clinical studies and published papers.
The risks of delaying cataract surgery are that the cataract can get thicker and denser. The risks of the surgery don’t increase very much until a cataract is very dense and very thick.