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Cataracts

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Is your vision blurry when driving or reading?
  • Do you have problems with glare at night?
  • When driving at night, do oncoming lights reduce your vision?
  • Do you have a family history of cataracts?
  • Are you diabetic?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you taking any medications?
  • Have you ever taken corticosteroid medicines?
  • Do you protect your eyes from the sun with UV-blocking glasses?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • The inside of your eye, using an ophthalmoscope (see p. 417)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Referral to an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who will do a complete eye exam with drops to dilate your pupils.


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