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Get the facts on cataracts

Understanding cataracts and your surgical options are the first steps in feeling more confident about an upcoming surgery.

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4,000,000 Cataract Surgeries are Performed in the US Each Year

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the US today.

Cataracts can’t be prevented, but they can be treated with surgery, and it's one of the safest surgeries performed.

Clouded, dim, or blurred vision can be a sign of cataracts.

Common risks of cataract surgery

In an AARP survey of 250 cataract patients, 4 out of 5 said their experience with cataract surgery was easier than they expected

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Realize the difference that correcting your cataracts and astigmatism at once can make.

Amazing vision starts with a conversation

Talk to your surgeon about how you could achieve your best vision possible after cataract surgery. Remember, you have a selection of lenses and you and your doctor can choose what's right for your vision and lifestyle needs.

Not ready for surgery? It's never too early to start the conversation and learn about your lens options. Talk to your eye doctor about how you can correct your cataracts and possibly certain other vision issues in the future.

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Find a replacement lens that's right for you

When it comes to correcting cataracts, you may have options. Talk to your eye doctor about how you are seeing things and your options for clearer vision.

I wear my glasses for astigmatism, but now everything is getting cloudy and blurry

What's your likely eye health formula?
Cataracts + astigmatism + an astigmatism-correcting lens
What could your vision results look like?
Crisper, clearer distance vision like before you had cataracts, and maybe even reduce your dependency on distance vision glasses
Is it right for how you live?
Invest more for an astigmatism-correcting lens and you may be able to say goodbye to your prescription glasses
How you can make it happen
Talk to your eye doctor about a replacement lens that lets you correct both cataracts and astigmatism. Click here to find out about a replacement lens that does both

I wear glasses to see close up, but now everything is cloudy and harder to see

What's your likely eye health formula?
Cataracts + presbyopia + a multifocal lens
What could your vision results look like?
Crisper, clearer vision at far, near, and intermediate distances. If you’re tired of wearing glasses, a multifocal might be your best option
Is it right for how you live?
Invest more for a multifocal lens, and you may be able to see without wearing glasses all the time
How you can make it happen
Talk to your eye doctor about whether a multifocal lens might be right for you. Click here to find out more

I don't wear glasses, but my vision is starting to get clouded or blurred

What's your likely eye health formula?
Cataracts + a standard monofocal lens
What could your vision results look like?
No more cataracts, though you may need to wear glasses or readers for some distances
Is it right for how you live?
Standard co-pay to your insurance provider
How you can make it happen
Talk to your eye doctor about a standard monofocal lens

The "eye health formula" discussion above is for information purposes only. Everyone's eyes are different, and the condition of your eye has a big impact on the correct lens option for your cataract surgery. Your surgeon and his/her staff will help you choose the right option for you and your eyes.

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Cataract surgery: a common procedure for results that last a lifetime

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Planning and learning about your cataract procedure can help you feel confident about your future vision. The procedure itself usually takes around 15 minutes with an hour or two in recovery.

You can generally expect your surgery to follow these steps:

Common risks of cataract surgery

After cataract surgery

Cataract surgery recovery times are different for everyone, but typically you should be able to see by the next day. You can expect to resume most of your normal activities within a day, although most surgeons suggest that you don’t drive for up to 24 hours after the procedure.

After the surgery, your surgeon will usually talk to you about:

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  • Any medications he or she may prescribe you

  • Instructions on how to care for your eye

  • Arranging a follow-up meeting the next day

Itching or mild discomfort after surgery is normal, though after 1 or 2 days any moderate discomfort should disappear. Avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your eyes. Reading, walking, watching TV, or other light activities are okay, but you should avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting, for at least a week.

Common risks of cataract surgery

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For more information on cataracts, go to myeyes.com/cataracts

Additional Resources:

  1. American Optometric Association website. Cataract surgery: what is a cataract?

  2. Cleveland Clinic website. Cataract and intraocular lens implantation in cataract surgery.

  3. Mayo Clinic website. Disease and conditions: cataracts.

  4. National Eye Institute website. Facts about cataract.