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Should I get cataract surgery?

January 1, 2021

Ask the doctors

Q. I have mild cataracts. Is it important for me to get surgery now to correct the problem?

A. Not necessarily. Cataracts, a condition marked by clouding of the eye's lens, are not a threat to your health. If they're not bothering you or affecting your vision during important tasks, such as driving, you don't need to get surgery if you don't want to. Typically, the vision changes associated with cataracts slowly worsen over time. These may include problems such as cloudy, blurred, or dim vision; sensitivity to the glare from lights; faded colors; or seeing halos around lights. Initially, cataracts might not affect your life too much. You can often successfully manage the vision problems they cause by getting new glasses or contact lenses.

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