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What happens if you have cataracts and you don't have them removed?

What happens if you have cataracts and you don't have them removed?

Generally nothing: Cataracts almost never have to be removed. In certain cases of narrow angle closure glaucoma they can be removed as an effective treatment. In the case of traumatic cataracts, such as during a penetrating injury, they can incite inflammation and need to be removed. Also for young children with large cataracts they need to be removed early to prevent irreversible blindness from amblyopia ...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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Am I really more likely to get cataracts if I don’t wear sunglasses?

Am I really more likely to get cataracts if I don’t wear sunglasses?

It depends: There are many things that have been linked to increase cataracts aging, diabetes, certain medications, smoking, trauma, and uv light exposure. Increase uv light has been showing to increase cataract formation. A more important reason to wear sunglasses is to prevent damage to the retina which captures the light we see. Cataracts can be removes, but retinas ca not be repaired once damaged. ...Read more

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If you have a cataract, can it be too early to have it removed? If so, why? I have one but Dr says it's not ready. I don't understand why wait.

If you have a cataract, can it be too early to have it removed?  If so, why?  I have one but Dr says it's not ready.  I don't understand why wait.

Cataract: when: Not all cataracts require surgery. If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery sooner but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; also, though no guarantees with any surgery, many patients are less dependent on glasses & even glasses free after surgery which helps many in decision process: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes i can't see well because my vision is cloudy or i see double. Could I have cataracts?

Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes i can't see well because my vision is cloudy or i see double. Could I have cataracts?

Anyone can get them: Cataracts are a clouding of the crystalline lens in your eye. The most common reason for cataracts to form is age, however, people can be born with them, get them from trauma, or due to medications such as steroids. Cloudy or double vision can be due to cataract, but if it is intermittent, it is more likely due to dry eye, astigmatism, or another cause. Best way to know is a dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Please help! what happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Progression: Almost all cataracts except some that are congenital, will progress to the point of complete blockage of the vision over time. The rate is variable. There is a slightly higher risk to treating cataracts in more advanced stages so it is better to have them removed when the vision is functionally disturbed. ...Read more

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For centuries children and adults did ok treating cataract with home remedies. Why can't i?

For centuries children and adults did ok treating cataract with home remedies. Why can't i?

Not true : There are no known 'home remedies', natural supplements, or medication with any proven efficacy in treating cataracts. Currently the treatment is observation, refractive correction (glasses etc) until surgery is indicated. I'm hopeful that, in the future, non surgical treatments will become available to this common condition. ...Read more

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What do I do if I can't afford new progressives? Wait for medicare or for cataract surgry?

What do I do if I can't afford new progressives? Wait for medicare or for cataract surgry?

Bifocals: Progressive lenses provide distance, intermediate and near vision without lines but are expensive. Bifocals provide distance and near vision with a line for about half the price of a progressive. Trifocals add intermediate vision with an additional line and the cost can approximate progressives. Some people can't adapt to progressive lenses but can tolerate bifocals and trifocals and vice vers. ...Read more

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Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?

Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?

Yes: Blindness from cataracts is reversible by surgery presuming other eye structures (retina, optic nerve, etc.) are healthy. ...Read more

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Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Will my vision improve immediately after having cataract surgery? I need cataract surgery, but i'm worried that i won't be able to see after the surgery. I'll need to return to work as soon as possible after the procedure. How long will it take for my vis

Vision improves fast: Cataract surgery is a quick and easy procedure from which you can recover. Most people begin to see better within a day of the procedure, but this depends on the degree of cataract as well as the type of cataract surgery you have. Depending on your work, you may be able to resume normal activities almost immediately. Speak with your eye surgeon about your particular situation. ...Read more

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What is a cataract?

Damaged lens: When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract. ...Read more

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