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A 76-year-old male asked:

when do cataracts get removed?

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Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Cataract surgery: Almost everyone develops some cataract lens changes as we age. Early on, they cause little or no symptoms. As they get cloudier, then the patient will start having some vision problems like difficulty reading, driving, glare, haloes around headlights, etc. When that happens, you and your eye surgeon can discuss the proper timing of cataract surgery.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Dysfunctional vision: Cataracts, the leading cause of treatable blindness worldwide, are removed when a persons visual function has declined to a level that interferes with their normal activities of daily living. Several factors are considered when surgery is contemplated: the visual acuity, glare disability, coexisting ocular diseases, prognosis, systemic diseases & postoperative management to name a few.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
With vision problems: You should have your cataracts operated on cataracts when they affect your activitities of daily living. "you have problems doing things you like, or need to do", or there is medical reasons that the cataracts should be taken care of (causing glaucoma!). There is no set vision (i.e. 20/40 or 20/50) that indicates you should have surgery. You should have symptoms, or need to pass drivers exam.

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Will tca be as effective as surgery to remove warts?

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Most of the time: If your warts are not large, tca is likely to be just as effective as surgery to remove them. Larger warts may not respond or may take multiple treatments to resolve. If you aren't pregnant, Aldara (imiquimod) cream may be another option. Instead of destroying the warts, it gets your immune system to attack them and can be done by you at home.
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Will applying duct tape to warts remove them?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Helps with removal: For those who work to remove warts using otc products the duct tape has been used as a part of the process.Wart remover (a concentrated salicylic acid) is applied to the wart & let dry, the duct tape is cut to a size bigger than the wart & applied. Removal a day or 2 later pulls off a dead layer of wart. The procedure is repeated until the wart is gone. This is a slow process but sometimes works.
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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.
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How can cataracts affect our vision generally?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Gradually decreases: Cataracts are a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye. When the lens becomes clouded it is difficult to see clearly. The vision clarity decreases over months to years to the point where someone can be virtually blind if the cataract remains untreated. Surgical removal of the cataract with implantation of new lens will correct the vision.

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