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If I have cataracts that are not even in the advanced stages, will glasses improve my vision?

If I have cataracts that are not even in the advanced stages, will glasses improve my vision?

Yes: Glasses will improve refractive error (near or far sighted or presbyopic) if the cataract is mild. As the cataract matures, you may become more near sighted at first then notice clouding of the vision. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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If I have cataracts that are not even in the advanced stages, can eye glasses improve my vision?

If I have cataracts that are not even in the advanced stages, can eye glasses improve my vision?

Often: The early phases of cataract are usually "reversed" or "compensated" by glasses. You'll find that vision is restored yet there is a change in your prescription. At some point, changing glasses may no longer suffice and cataract surgery may need to be considered. ...Read more

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Have cataracts in both eyes 3 years - blurred/double vision - have to buy new glasses every 6 mod. Dr said cataracts not big enough for surgery yet. ?

Have cataracts in both eyes 3 years - blurred/double vision - have to buy new glasses every 6 mod. Dr said cataracts not big enough for surgery yet.  ?

Cataracts: Decision when to have cataract surgery depends on: how much glare/halos you have when driving at night if you drive at night (what did your glare test show?); effect on your activities of daily living; loss of best corrected vision; microscopic exam at slit lamp of cataract; other risk factors (pseudoexfoliation, glaucoma, diabetes & it's control= causes vision flux). See Eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Can wearing transition glasses make a cataract get worse?

No: Transition glasses actually provide the eye with uv protection, reducing the risk of cataract development and progression. ...Read more

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Can I get cataracts from not wearing my glasses when I should?

No: Not using your glasses vision correction doesn't cause cataracts. Might just feel more eye strain. Should use sunglasses to filter out uv in sunlight. ...Read more

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If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

If I get cataract surgery will I still need glasses?

Not necessarily: Cataract surgery's main goal is to clear up the "cloudy" vision and glare effects. With today's modern technology, it is quite possible to end up not needing glasses for distance or near work. In order for that to happen, the eye has to have the ability to see 20/20 in the first place, and the patient would need to select a lens technology that can help achieve this goal. The technology is not covered by insurance, however. Speak to your eye surgeon about your vision goals after surgery. ...Read more

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Why can't I have glasses after a cataracts operation on one eye?

Why can't I have glasses after a cataracts operation on one eye?

You can: You can, but you may not need them to see clearly. This can only be determined by examination and refraction. But if you want glasses you can have them and not harm the eye, even if is as simple as you do not want to wear readers and build the reading into a pair of glasses for convenience. ...Read more

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How do cataracts prevent glasses from making you see well?

Block light: The eye works like a camera. Glasses function like focusing the camera lens to give the sharpest image. However, a cataract (a clouding of the natural lens in your eye) is more like having dirt on the lens of the camera. This dirt will block the light and decrease the image quality even if the lens is in perfect focus. ...Read more

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How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

How to retard cataract formation in elderly patients ?Are there any glasses/medications for same ?

Factors: Although nothing besides surgery can cure cataracts, there are factors to control that can help not speed up the formation. These include: uv protective eyewear, no tobacco smoking, eating a antioxidant-rich nutritious diet, controlling diabetes, maintaining controlled blood pressure, possibly vegetarian diet. Controversy still exists in the optimal balance of modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more