A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. The lens focuses light on the retina at the back of the eye. Cataracts block some of the light and make it harder for you to see clearly. Cataracts often develop when you get older.
Most cataracts grow slowly. At first, you may just need stronger glasses to help you see better. Later, if the cataracts grow and begin to seriously impair your vision, you can have surgery to remove them.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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