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Do sunglasses just delay or prevent cataracts?

Do sunglasses just delay or prevent cataracts?

Delay: Sun protection has been proven to delay the time of onset of cataracts but not to prevent the development if you were going to get them anyway. Sunglasses are a useful and recommended thing to wear in the face of bright sunlight. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here 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). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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How do cataracts prevent glasses from making you see well?

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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What is the difference between lasik and cataract surgery. I still want to wear eyeglasses. Will I be able to?

What is the difference between lasik and cataract surgery. I still want to wear eyeglasses. Will I be able to?

Not the Same: LASIC is a procedure done on the corneas to improve vision. Cataract surgery replaces the lens of the eye which has become cloudy. See an Ophthalmologist for guidance. ...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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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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Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

Aphakia: Typically it is due to a condition called aphakia, where the natural focusing lens removed during the surgery is not replaced with a lens implant. This is not common. Modern uncomplicated cataract surgery does not require thick glasses afterwards, and in many cases actually reduces or eliminates the need for glasses. ...Read more

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I am told I have beginning cataracts. Is there anything I can do do prevent further development:nutritional supplements?

I am told I have beginning cataracts.  Is there anything I can do do prevent further development:nutritional supplements?

Yes and no....: Unfortunately there is no known method to completely stop the progression of cataracts. The rate of progression can be slowed by using uv protection, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet. No nutritional supplement has been clinically proven to significantly slow cataract progression to date. Regular eye exams for early detection is the best management of cataracts. ...Read more

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Is the gold standard that is most predictable, for a person who now wears distance glasses, still a standard IOL for cataract surgery?

Is the gold standard that is most predictable, for a person who now wears distance glasses, still a standard IOL for cataract surgery?

Yes: Monofocal IOLs and glasses give excellent vision. In addition, people who have normal macular function and a good tear film do well with the various IOLs used in vision correction. The premium IOLs are more expensive and give you an extended range of uncorrected vision. Use of the ORA, an intraoperative wavefront aberrometer, substantially decreases the risks of using these lenses. ...Read more

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

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 do the doctors wait for 4 weeks or more before prescribing glasses following cataract surgery?

Its necessary: It takes some time for your eye to fully heal and your prescription to stabilize. Most doctors wait at least several weeks before giving a patient their final prescription. Just how long is up to your doctor and also depends on how fast your eye heals. ...Read more

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I have high correction and astigmatism. Will I still need to wear glasses after my cataracts surgery?

I have high correction and astigmatism. Will I still need to wear glasses after my cataracts surgery?

Not necessrily: Depends on the surgeon, measurements, type of lens. You may be able to eliminate the need for glasses after surgery, both far and near. You may only need them for near. The more astigmatism and correction you have does decrease the odds of an outcome where you do not need glasses, but still is very possible. ...Read more

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I have cataract surgery before 15 days .But i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. Is it normal?

I have cataract surgery before 15 days .But i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. Is it normal?

Reading!: How is your distance vision? You may be using too strong if reading glasses, try a + 2.00. There are many possible explanations for your situation. See your surgeon! ...Read more

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I had a cataract surgery 15 days ago but i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. What should I do?

I had a cataract surgery 15 days ago but i still can't read well even with +4 reading glasses. What should I do?

Surgery: Do not worry...People may require up to 90 days to have their best vision after surgery. Keep using your drops and give yourself more time to heal... ...Read more

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I had cataract surgery last weds. Today I inadvertently went outside in bright sun without my dark glasses on - did I do serious harm? I was only ou

I had cataract surgery last weds.  Today I inadvertently went outside in bright sun without my dark glasses on - did I do serious harm?  I was only ou

No harm: The dark glasses are not medicinal. They are to 1) give you some comfort from the increased light input to the eye after cataract removal and 2) provide a little protection from a direct poke to the eye. Do not worry. ...Read more

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Will I need reading glasses to correct presbyopia after I have cataract removal?

Will I need reading glasses to correct presbyopia after I have cataract removal?

Sometimes: The majority of lenses inserted after cataract removal are single vision, corrected for distance, and you will need to have eyeglasses to see at near. Newer lense designs are now coming on the market to correct vision at all distances. You can discuss this with your ophthalmologist who is doing the surgery. Usually there is an extra charge for these "premium" lenses. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Eyeglasses (Definition)

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