To fully remove a cataract, surgery is the only answer. However, if your symptoms are mild, you may need nothing more than a new eyeglass prescription to relieve the problem. You won’t find a miracle cure in dietary supplements, medication, or even eye exercises. Surgery is the only proven way to treat cataracts.
How can I avoid cataracts?
You may not be able to completely avoid cataracts, but you can help your eyes by protecting them from overexposure to sunlight by wearing glasses that screen ultraviolet rays.
When do I need surgery?
This is a decision you need make with your doctor’s help. If your vision is blurred to the point that it interferes with your daily activities or prohibits part of your job performance, it’s probably time to talk to your doctor about surgery.
What happens during surgery?
Cataract surgery is typically performed as an outpatient surgical procedure under a local anesthetic. Your doctor will remove the cloudy lens and will usually replace it with a permanent intraocular lens implant. This restores the focusing ability of your natural lens. Cataract surgery is successful in over 95% of the cases, barring problems with the cornea, retina or optic nerve. However, if complications should occur following your surgery, contact your doctor immediately.