Determining the right time to have cataract surgery can be tricky. Since cataracts develop slowly, you may find that over time glasses and/or contacts that worked before are no longer enough to help you see clearly.
When your cataracts start to affect daily tasks like reading or driving, it may be a good time to think about going for cataract surgery.1,2
You can start by talking with your eye doctor. Your doctor will go over your medical history, run tests and figure out if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery. If you need surgery, this is a good time to talk about the different lens options with your doctor, so you can find one best suited for you.
1. National Eye Institute Staff. Facts About Cataract. National Eye Institute. September 2009. Available at https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts. Accessed January 26, 2016.
2. Mayo Clinic Staff. What you can expect [Cataract Surgery]. Mayo Clinic. July 30, 2013. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cataract-surgery/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20012917. Accessed January 27, 2016.