How are cataracts treated?

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How are cataracts treated?

Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare

Specific treatment for cataracts will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Your age, overall health and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
In its early stages, vision loss caused by a cataract may be aided with the use of different eyeglasses, a magnifying glass, or stronger lighting. When these measures are no longer helpful, surgery is the only effective treatment available, for most individuals. It is important to note that a cataract only needs to be removed when vision loss interferes with everyday activities, such as driving, reading or watching television. You and your doctor can make that decision together.

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