by Alan R

Medications for Cataracts

There are no specific medications for cataracts. Some may be used just before surgery to reduce complications.
Surgery is the only treatment that will cure a cataract.
When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider
You should contact your ophthalmologist and discuss having surgery for cataracts when your vision difficulties get to the point where:
  • You feel unsafe or uncomfortable
  • You are unable to perform normal daily tasks or activities, such as:
    • Reading
    • Driving
    • Watching television
    • Taking medications
Cataract surgery is much safer and more successful than in the past. Today some eye doctors and surgeons recommend having cataract surgery sooner rather than later, because delaying the surgery may make it more difficult to perform. Removing a cataract is rarely an emergency, therefore it should not be performed until you feel ready to have the surgery.

References

Cataract. American Optometric Association website. Available at: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/cataract?sso=y. Accessed May 10, 2017.
Cataract treatment. American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/cataracts-treatment. Updated November 15, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2017.
Cataracts. Patient website. Available at: https://patient.info/health/cataracts-2. Updated November 20, 2015. Accessed May 10, 2017.
Cataracts in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116240/Cataracts-in-adults. Updated November 28, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2017.
Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute (NEI) website. Available at: https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract%5Ffacts. Updated September 2015. Accessed May 10, 2017.
What is a cataract? NIH Senior Health website. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cataract/whatisacataract/01.html. Updated January 2013. Accessed May 10, 2017.

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