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Is cataract curable at last stage?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Sometimes late stage cataracts hide other vision problems in the retina (no view), and thus after removing the cataract, the vision often improves but occasionally doesn't since reveals another problem.

In brief: Yes
Sometimes late stage cataracts hide other vision problems in the retina (no view), and thus after removing the cataract, the vision often improves but occasionally doesn't since reveals another problem.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. David Sachs
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although cataracts can significantly affect your vision, they cause reversable loss of vision.
The cataract surgery may become more difficult if you wait to long but they can be successfully removed at any time. Your final vision should be the same regardless of how advanced the cataract has become.

In brief: Yes
Although cataracts can significantly affect your vision, they cause reversable loss of vision.
The cataract surgery may become more difficult if you wait to long but they can be successfully removed at any time. Your final vision should be the same regardless of how advanced the cataract has become.
Dr. David Sachs
Dr. David Sachs
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Cataract surgery (CS) is #1 cause of world blindness & most common surgery performed in world & US.
Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS. If no underlying retinal, optic nerve, brain issues, >90% achieve 20/20 vision after surgery; may still need glasses (depends on implant choice); curable at even advanced stages; more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com

In brief: Yes
Cataract surgery (CS) is #1 cause of world blindness & most common surgery performed in world & US.
Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS. If no underlying retinal, optic nerve, brain issues, >90% achieve 20/20 vision after surgery; may still need glasses (depends on implant choice); curable at even advanced stages; more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Cataract is a clouding of the lens.
As long as there is not other problems with the eye, the cataract can be removed at the earliest stages as well as the latest stages. But there is risk of glaucoma with waiting, as well the cataract surgery may be more difficult to perform at later stages increasing the chance of complications. It can still be curable.

In brief: Yes
Cataract is a clouding of the lens.
As long as there is not other problems with the eye, the cataract can be removed at the earliest stages as well as the latest stages. But there is risk of glaucoma with waiting, as well the cataract surgery may be more difficult to perform at later stages increasing the chance of complications. It can still be curable.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
First: when you say "cure" do you mean treatable, or reversible? Very few cataracts are reversible.
If a cataract is ignored and gets very dense, as long as the rest of the eye is normal, then surgical correction will usually yield a good result. If the cataract in part is advanced because the eye is unhealthy, then removal might not give such a good visual result. So it 'depends'.

In brief: Depends
First: when you say "cure" do you mean treatable, or reversible? Very few cataracts are reversible.
If a cataract is ignored and gets very dense, as long as the rest of the eye is normal, then surgical correction will usually yield a good result. If the cataract in part is advanced because the eye is unhealthy, then removal might not give such a good visual result. So it 'depends'.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, in healthy eye
As long as the eye is otherwise healthy, and the cataract is the only problem, then severe, dense cataracts can be removed with various methods, even if the standard phacoemulsification cannot be performed.
Pre-operative measurements with ultrasound can often reveal if there is another problem behind the cataract.

In brief: Yes, in healthy eye
As long as the eye is otherwise healthy, and the cataract is the only problem, then severe, dense cataracts can be removed with various methods, even if the standard phacoemulsification cannot be performed.
Pre-operative measurements with ultrasound can often reveal if there is another problem behind the cataract.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is very rare for the most advanced technique, with the most modern machines and instruments to fail in removal of even the most dense, late stage cataract.

In brief: Yes
It is very rare for the most advanced technique, with the most modern machines and instruments to fail in removal of even the most dense, late stage cataract.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Generally yes
The most common technique used today (phacoemulsification) may not be possible if your cataract is very dense, but another technique is available and the ultimate vision could still be very good if the eye is otherwise healthy.

In brief: Generally yes
The most common technique used today (phacoemulsification) may not be possible if your cataract is very dense, but another technique is available and the ultimate vision could still be very good if the eye is otherwise healthy.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Dr. Christopher Hood
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