FAQs – Cataracts

 

Q: Can cataracts be prevented?
A: Unfortunately, most cataracts are age related. Everyone will eventually develop cataracts if they live long enough. A healthy, balanced diet, avoiding smoking and excessive use of alcohol, and protecting your eyes from the sun can help delay the development of cataracts.

Q: Will I still need glasses after cataract surgery?
A: During cataract surgery, an artificial lens, called an IOL (intraocular lens), is implanted to replace the old clouded lens. A traditional lens is a single-focus lens that allows patients good distance vision but will require them to wear reading glasses for near vision. At Wellish Vision Institute, we also offer our patients the option to use premium IOLs. These amazing lenses can offer good vision at all distances and can reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses following cataract surgery.

Q: Can a cataract develop again after you have surgery?
A: Since the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one, you can never develop a cataract again in an eye that has had cataract surgery.

Q: Do cataracts only affect older people?
A: Most cataracts are age related, but cataracts can develop for a number of other reasons. Trauma or past eye surgery, medical conditions such as diabetes, and long-term use of steroid medications can lead to the development of cataracts. Some cataracts are related to inherited genetic disorders, and congenital cataracts can affect children and even newborn babies.