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what are the tests for cataract?

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Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology 47 years experience
Simple: Measurement of the vision in the best corrected state will discover quantitative vision loss from cataracts! measurement of glare disturbance will assess the qualitative disturbance! one or both may be indicators for cataract surgery! a comprehensive exam by your eyemd will confirm the need, risks and expected benefits of cataract surgery in your particular case!
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cataract: An ophthalmologist will look at the eyes with an instrument called a slit lamp which magnifies the front of the eye and allows observation of a cataract.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Examination: Visual acuity, Slit lamp examination (eye microscope), Glare, history
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Cataract tests: If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare (BAT: brightness acuity test) is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery soon but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; Other tests help determine significance of cataract if need: PAM Potential Acuity meter; OCT, ECC, Pentacam, Tear OSM; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Acuity, obsservation: When a cataract is suspected, the acuity of vision is usually down and the eye is examined by the ophthalmologist to see if that is the only cause. If the eye is otherwise normal, then cataract is likely. The ophthalmologist can observe the lense through the dilated pupil and usually makes the diagnosis. There are glare tests which can add to the diagnosis.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The tests for Cataract include:: Fundoscopic exam, Slit lamp exam, Ocular tonometer.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Cataract tests: A microscope called a Slit lamp allows the eye surgeon to see if you have a cataract. A machine called a Pentacam has an objective measure called the PNS you could ask your eyeMD to tell you about: it gives an objective measure of cataract density when able to be measured.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I avoid getting cataracts?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Wear sunglasses.: Ultraviolet light from the sun can cause damage to the lens inside of the eye. Wearing sunglasses with uv protection can reduce your risk of developing cataracts later in life.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
also keep your blood sugar under control as cataracts are very common in diabetics and chronic use of Nasal steroids for allergies can cause problems as well; so you may want to look for alternate treatments.
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If I suspect I have cataracts when should I call the doctor?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Eye exam: Typically cataracts are not an emergency. You should have them checked out when you think your vision has diminished.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can cataracts be treated?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Surgery: The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a plastic lens implant. The replacement lens sits in the same place as your natural lens and becomes part of your eye.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like cataract? What tests are needed?

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Dr. Claudio Contreras
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Eye examination: I am unfamiliar with personalized medicine. Cataract is a gradual clouding up of the natural lens of the eye that can eventually lead to vision loss. The best method of determining if one has a cataract is with an eye examination.
A 34-year-old member asked:

At what age do you get cataracts usually?

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Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Varies : If you have certain diseases, or take Prednisone it can be even in 30s or earlier. Most patients are 60 or older, but many patients i see from africa are younger. There is also a condition, hypo Alpha protein where the patient is 40-50, and is very subtle and difficult to diagnose, but the patient is symptomatic. I have seen 15 such patients who were initially told there was nothing wron.

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