How Cataracts Are Treated
In their early stages of development, cataracts can be managed by making adjustments to your daily life, such as increasing the light in your home and avoiding driving at night. Wearing sunglasses or brimmed hats can also protect your eyes from further damage from the sun, which can worsen cataracts. And as always, it’s important to undergo annual eye exams to screen for the early warning signs of cataracts and other eye diseases, some of which may display no symptoms until permanent damage has been done to your vision.
Unlike those eye diseases, however, cataracts can be treated and vision restored, but only through surgery. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. The technology in these lenses has become so advanced that they have the potential to reduce dependence on glasses after surgery.
The good news is that cataract surgery can be performed at any stage of a cataract’s development, so you don’t have to wait until total or even partial vision loss occurs. That is why recognizing the early signs of cataracts and seeking treatment can help you avoid years of poor vision.