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what are some of the things that cataract patient should look out for?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Vision changes: Cataracts are typically not significant until they cause visual symptoms not correctable with glasses. These things include slow progressive decline of visual sharpness, haze, glare/haloes, or difficulty doing normal activities such as night driving, reading, watching tv, etc.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Glare: Cataracts can cause glare symptoms or blurry vision despite glasses . Night time driving can be adversely affected and should be carefully monitored.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Problems seeing: Really nothing to look out for. If the cataract (cloudy lens) causes changes in your vision that affect your normal activities, then cataract surgery may be considered or indicated.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Vision decreasing: Cataracts (a white lens change): most often due to/made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital; Symptoms: glare especially at night; cloudy vision, decreased VA.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What do cataracts look like?

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Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv answered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not visible in most: A cataract is a clouding of the natural intra-ocular lens. The lens is behind the iris and pupil and is not normally visible to the naked eyes. Only the most advanced cataracts, the so called, white cataracts, are readily seen as a white spot in the middle of the eye (or through the pupil).
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can excessive computer use cause cataracts?

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Dr. Terence Grogan
Family Medicine 25 years experience
No: If it did we would all go blind. There are no credible studies to link prolonged viewing of tv or computer screens to cataract development.
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A 77-year-old male asked:

I am due for a cataract op on 1st June have I got anything to worry about?

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Dr. Weiguo Li
Dr. Weiguo Li answered
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Get ready for it.: Cataract is a relatively safe surgery. Do not worry. If you are healthy and you doctor clears you for surgery then you just wait for it. Good luck.
A 33-year-old male asked:

For 57+ F, should cataract be operated as soon as it's detected ? Or, should it wait until being necessary ?

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Dr. Solomon Gelbart
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Only when needed: Cataract at any age should be removed only if there is likelihood that vision achieved with surgery will offer a benefit over what it is before surgery. Typically, early cataracts can be watched for some time before surgery is necessary.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Seeing starbusts big ones and rainbow halos around certain white lights doctor said it isn't cataracts , certain lights only big starbusts and halos?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Halos: Starburst and halos can be due to many things: do you have any uncorrected astigmatism? Dry eye? Diabetes? Are you sure you do not have any posterior haze on your lens capsule? Did you get an OCT and HRT of your retina & optic nerve? Please send this info so we can help.

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