Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens, like a window that is fogged with steam. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily, and vision becomes blurred.
Protecting your eyes from sunlight may slow the progression of cataracts. There are no medications, eye drops, exercises or eyeglasses that will cause cataracts to disappear once they have formed. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract.
Common Cataract Symptoms:
It is up to you to decide when to have a cataract removed. When you are unable to see well enough to do the things you like or need to do, you should consider cataract surgery.
Traditionally monofocal IOLs were used for cataract surgery. This type of lens is very effective at restoring functional distance vision. However, people still need glasses to correct for near vision, and glasses or additional surgery to correct any existing astigmatism.
Recent advances have been so significant that new-generation lenses could allow you to see well at all distances without the help of glasses, bifocals, or reading glasses. Following are the three primary types of lenses currently available and what each is designed to do for your vision:
Cataract surgery improves vision in most cases. Cataract surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis so you can go home the same day.