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What is the alternative to surgery for cataracts for a 80 year old?
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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Poor vision
If you have cataracts, and cannot see well there are not too many options aside from surgery.
Cataract surgery is an elective surgery so you never need to have it. Your vision will remain poor if you do not have surgery but they will not kill you. However, if you have cataracts, the best way to improve your vision is to have surgery.

In brief: Poor vision
If you have cataracts, and cannot see well there are not too many options aside from surgery.
Cataract surgery is an elective surgery so you never need to have it. Your vision will remain poor if you do not have surgery but they will not kill you. However, if you have cataracts, the best way to improve your vision is to have surgery.
Dr. John Odette
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
There is no alternative no matter how old you are.Your risk of complications with cataract surgery is small compared to risk of losing vision with cataracts which is 100%.
Dr. William Trattler
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Cataract surgery
The only alternative is to not have surgery.

In brief: Cataract surgery
The only alternative is to not have surgery.
Dr. William Trattler
Dr. William Trattler
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
In brief: None for best vision
In most instances, cataract surgery is an elective procedure.
Glasses may correct the prescription, but the vision remains blurry due to the cataract blocking the light inside the eye. Surgery is the only way currently to remove the cataract. It is a very common and effective procedure. As with any treatment, risks and benefits must be considered.

In brief: None for best vision
In most instances, cataract surgery is an elective procedure.
Glasses may correct the prescription, but the vision remains blurry due to the cataract blocking the light inside the eye. Surgery is the only way currently to remove the cataract. It is a very common and effective procedure. As with any treatment, risks and benefits must be considered.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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