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Cataract Treatment Overview

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First steps to consider

  • You should see a healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a cataract like blurry vision or difficulty seeing at night.
  • Cataracts can be treated with eyeglasses and other strategies, or surgery may be needed.
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Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Flashes of light in one or both eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sudden appearance of several floaters (small dark spots or squiggly lines that float across your vision)
  • Gradually reduced peripheral vision
  • A curtain-like shadow over your field of vision
  • Eye pain along with vision changes

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When to see a healthcare provider

Always see a healthcare provider, typically an ophthalmologist, if you have symptoms of cataracts, which include blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, glare, and increased near-sightedness. Even if your symptoms are mild, getting a diagnosis is important because there are things you can try to slow down its growth. Left untreated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness.

Getting diagnosed

Your provider may do several tests to diagnose cataracts. These include:

  • Vision testing
  • Slit-lamp exam, which allows your doctor to get a microscopic look at the structures at the front of your eye and check for abnormalities
  • A retinal exam to check the lens of your eyes for cataracts
  • Applanation tonometry, which measures fluid pressure in the eyes

What to expect from your doctor visit

  • If your symptoms are mild to moderate, your provider may prescribe new glasses, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. These won’t get rid of your cataracts but they can make it easier to see.
  • The only cure for cataracts is surgery. The clouded lens in your eye is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens. Your doctor may recommend surgery if your symptoms make it very difficult to do your normal activities. Cataract surgery commonly has good outcomes and low risk.

Types of cataract providers

  • A primary care provider can check for signs of cataracts and determine if an underlying health issue, like diabetes, is causing them.
  • Ophthalmologists, who specialize in eye problems and are trained to do eye surgery, are the only type of eye specialist that can perform cataract surgery.
  • Optometrists, who diagnose and treat some eye conditions, can detect cataracts and prescribe eyeglasses.
  • An optician often works with ophthalmologists and optometrists to provide eyeglasses.
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