Published on September 06, 2022

Can Cataracts Be Treated Without Surgery?

Can cataracts be treated without surgery

What is a Cataract?

Cataracts are when the clear lenses of your eyes become opaque and result in blurred vision. Cataracts are the most common of eye conditions that typically develop as you grow older.  When it comes to cataracts, the need for surgery is based largely on your cataract stage of development and its impact on the quality of your daily life. While this diagnosis is a serious concern, and anyone who receives such news would be understandably upset, they should know that this condition is treatable—and reversible.

Can Cataracts Be Cured with Eye Drops?

Currently surgery is the only treatment for cataracts. There is currently no non-surgical cure for cataracts. Cataract surgery is an extremely safe procedure.

Are There Ways to Prevent the Progression of Cataracts?

To slow the progression of cataracts these are a few things you can try. 

  • Blocking UV radiation from the sun by wearing sunglasses and/or a hat with a brim when outdoors can slow the progression of cataracts.
  • Healthy diet including fruits and vegetables (particularly green leafy choices such as spinach and kale) can slow the progression of cataracts. 
  • If you smoke, beginning the process of quitting can slow the progression of cataracts.. 

It is important to understand that early diagnosis is very important so getting a dilated eye exam at least once every two years will help diagnosing cataracts in its early stages. .

Can You Slow the Progression of Cataracts?

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, these are some tips in helping the symptoms you may be experiencing from cataracts.. These include installing brighter lights in your home and work settings, wearing anti-glare sunglasses, and reading with the aid of a magnifying glass. You should also consider getting an upgrade in your eyeglasses and/or contact lens prescriptions. Remember: These are steps to take for dealing with early stages of cataracts; they are not cures.

What are the Long-Term Effects of Cataracts Without Treatment?

While the steps listed above may either prevent cataracts or minimize the symptoms of your current cataracts, you should monitor your vision regularly. Over time your cataracts will grow and interfere with your vision more, resulting in increasing difficulty to see. 

Can Cataract Blindness Be Reversed?

Cataracts can be reversed through surgery.  Once you have cataract surgery, cataracts do not come back.

How Do You Know if You Need Cataract Surgery?

Most ophthalmologists will recommend cataract surgery when your cataracts begin interfering with your vision to perform daily tasks. If you or someone you love is experiencing cataract symptoms, contact SightMD to schedule an examination. Our ophthalmologists and eyecare team are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, leveraging decades of experience and the best surgical technology to deliver reliable patient outcomes.