The only treatment for cataract is surgery to remove it. Surgery is done if you cannot perform normal activities, even with glasses.
If a cataract is not bothersome, then surgery is usually not necessary. However, some people may have additional eye problems, such as diabetic retinopathy, that cannot be treated without first having cataract surgery.
For some people, changing glasses, getting stronger bifocals, or using a magnifying lens is helpful enough.
For information on surgery, see: Cataract surgery
Vision may not improve to 20/20 after cataract surgery if other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, are present. Ophthalmologists can usually, but not always, determine this in advance.
Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing permanent vision problems.
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have vision loss, decreased night vision, or problems with glare.
Review Date : 8/11/2009
Reviewed By : Edward B. Feinberg, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.