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Cataracts Treatment

Treatment for cataracts includes surgery to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial lens implant. However, surgery is not required until the cataract reduces vision and interferes with normal daily living. The surgery is performed as an outpatient. Most patients recover from cataract surgery within 3 days. If both eyes have cataracts, surgery on one eye is usually delayed for 2 weeks after the first.

Treatment options for cataracts include:

Treatment after surgery includes:
  • Protective eye patch
  • Eye drops for inflammation
  • Eye drops for pain

Cataracts Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of cataracts.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Cataracts Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat cataracts:

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Last Updated: May 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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