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A 47-year-old member asked:

can you suggest any alternative to cataract surgery?

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Dr. Rodney Remington
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
No: A mature cataract has only one cure, which is surgery. Occasionally you will see homeopathic remedies for cataract in the form of drops, these are unproven and in the opinion of the vast majority of eye surgeons do nothing. Immature cataracts can often be managed by optimizing your glasses prescription.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Other options: Depending on cataract density & patient's vision (how much is cataract affecting vision/glare), most eyeMD's will try to give the best glasses rx possible & make sure the tear film is working its best: tear film is like a pair of glasses: if unstable it decreases vision quality. If a dense cataract is present, surgery is best option. NAC drops (see eyedoc2020.blogspot.com) not proven effective.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Will I see 20/20 after cataract surgery?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Possibly: If the entire visual system is healthy, and the best predicted visual acuity is 20/20, and the cataract surgery goes smoothly without complication and all the refractive error is corrected for, then 20/20 after surgery can be achieved -- should check with the eye surgery for the predicted outcome.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do I have to be asleep for my cataract surgery?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Cataract surgery is mostly done with the patient awake, unless there is issues with young age, severe tremors, mental confusion, anxiety/language barrier, etc.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do I have to avoid all activity after cataract surgery?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: For a brief time after surgery, you should avoid strenuous activity or whatever your ophthalmologist recommends. However, afterwards (and even right after), you don't need to avoid all activity. You should be able to do your normal activities from before your cataracts became serious enough to require surgery. Just monitor your health as usual, e.g., blood pressure.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there any risks after doing any type of cataract surgery in common?

8 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes, not common: Short term: bleeding, infection, bruised eye, incision leak, glaucoma, retinal detachment. Long term: macular edema, dislocated implant lens, and secondary cataract.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I would like to know what would happen after a cataract surgery. Please explain.

6 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Rest: After cataract surgery, you will wear sunglasses when outside for the first few days, and will avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks. Your vision may be a little blurry at first, but will clear over the first week.

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