Call your doctor right away if you have:
Call your doctor to discuss your symptoms if you:
- Need frequent changes in your eyeglasses prescription.
- Have blurred or double vision that develops slowly.
- Are having a problem seeing during the daytime because of glare.
- Have difficulty driving at night because of glare from headlights.
- Have vision problems that are affecting your ability to do daily activities.
If you are an older adult, discuss with your doctor how often you need to have routine eye exams.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. Watchful waiting is safe and appropriate in most cases of adult cataracts. If you notice signs that your baby or child may not be seeing well, see your doctor. Cataracts in children should be treated right away.
Speak with an ophthalmologist about surgery to remove cataracts. In most cases, you can decide if you want or need surgery based on whether vision problems caused by the cataract are interfering with your daily activities.
Who to see
The following health professionals can evaluate vision problems that may be caused by a cataract:
- Nurse practitioner
- Physician assistant
- Family medicine doctor
While other doctors may be able to detect problems that may be caused by cataracts, only an ophthalmologist can treat cataracts.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.