Our physicians will perform a comprehensive eye examination including a contrast sensitivity test to determine how much of your vision has been affected by a cataract. But typically, when decreased vision affects your everyday activities or hobbies, a cataract should be treated.
Currently there is no medical treatment to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, the only way to achieve clear vision is through cataract surgery.
When It’s Time
Dr. Kaufman recommends that cataracts be removed only when the begin to interfere with your normal everyday activities. Many people have small cataracts that do not cause problems with their normal activities. In those cases, Dr. Kaufman would not recommend surgery.
In your parents’ or grandparents’ day, cataract surgery was considered risky, requiring a lengthy hospital stay and was usually postponed for as long as possible. Today, cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and takes only 15 minutes. It is now one of the most common and successful medical procedures performed. In fact, following cataract surgery many patients experience vision that is actually better than what they had before they developed cataracts. Cataract surgery can be completed on an outpatient basis in about fifteen minutes.