How are cataracts treated?
Written by: Adam Strittmatter, DO, Ophthalmologist at Agnesian HealthCare
Specific treatment for cataracts will be determined by your doctor based on:
- Your age, overall health and medical history
- Extent of the disease
- Expectations for the course of the disease
- Your opinion or preference
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
In its early stages, vision loss caused by a cataract may be aided with the use of different eyeglasses, a magnifying glass, or stronger lighting. When these measures are no longer helpful, surgery is the only effective treatment available, for most individuals. It is important to note that a cataract only needs to be removed when vision loss interferes with everyday activities, such as driving, reading or watching television. You and your doctor can make that decision together.