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  1. Cataracts - Exams and Tests

    Diagnosis of cataracts is based on a medical history and physical examination. Often tests are used to: Confirm the presence of a cataract. Rule out other conditions that may be causing vision loss. For more information, see the topics Vision Tests, Ophth

  2. Cataracts - When To Call a Doctor

    If you have cataracts, call your doctor immediately if you have severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision.

  3. Cataracts - Medications

    Learn about medications used to treat cataracts.

  4. Cataracts - What Happens

    Cataracts may remain small and may not be noticeable. They often do not seriously affect vision, and many cataracts do not need to be removed. Some cataracts grow larger or denser over time, causing severe vision changes.

  5. Cataracts - Symptoms

    Not all cataracts impair vision or affect daily living. For those that do, common symptoms include: cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision, glare from lamps or the sun, difficulty driving at night due to glare from headlights.

  6. Nd:YAG Laser Posterior Capsulotomy After Cataract Surgery

    Information on laser surgery called Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy, an outpatient procedure for cataracts.

  7. Cataract Surgery

    The lens of the eye is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Extracapsular surgery, also called extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE), involves removing the lens with the cataract from the lens capsule.

  8. Cataracts and Your Eyes

    Learn more about your eyes and cataracts, including the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  9. Tips for Improving Vision When You Have Cataracts - Topic Overview

    Some of these tips might help you adapt to mild vision problems caused by cataracts. Reposition room lights and use window shades to avoid glare (on TV screens,computer screens). Use table or floor lamps for close reading and other fine work,moving them closer to work or reading areas. Use more lighting or higher-watt bulbs for steps and hallways. Keep your eyeglass lens prescription ...

  10. Cataracts and Nearsightedness - Topic Overview

    A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the normal passage of light through the eye.Cataracts that begin in the center of the lens (nuclear cataracts) are the most common cause of worsening nearsightedness in adults. These cataracts are more common than the kind that begin to develop in the outer part of the lens.Nearsightedness associated with cataracts in the center of the lens is often classified with the pseudomyopias. But it is actually a permanent change in the way light focuses in the eye. Cataract surgery corrects the myopia as well as the cataract.The presence of pathological myopia may affect how cataracts are diagnosed and treated. It may be harder to tell whether nearsightedness is getting worse because of the cataracts or because of the progression of pathological myopia. People with pathological myopia who have cataract surgery are at higher risk for retinal detachment.See a picture of an eye with cataracts.

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