A cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. This cloudiness can cause a decrease in vision and may eventually lead to blindness. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens from your eye and, most often, replacing it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is usually very successful, with as many as 90 percent of patients reporting improved vision following the procedure.
Removing a cataract is usually not an urgent procedure. If a cataract is obstructing your vision enough to interfere with driving or performing the activities of daily living, your doctor may suggest cataract surgery. Even if your visual acuity isn’t severely affected, you might want cataract surgery to remove a cataract that is causing glare or double vision.
When a cataract interferes with the treatment of another eye problem, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or retinal detachment, prompt cataract removal may then be advised. In younger people or people with diabetes, cataracts may progress rapidly, making the need for surgery more urgent.
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Myth: Wearing glasses too much will make the eyes “dependent” on them.
Fact: Refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism) change as kids get older. Many variables come into play, but most of this change is likely due to genetics and continues despite wearing glasses earlier or later or more or less. Wearing glasses does not make the eyes get worse.