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The first step in the treatment of cataracts is prevention. To best minimize the risk of developing cataracts, it is important not to smoke and to wear sunglasses that protect from UVB rays when out in the sun. Prevention also includes eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and effectively managing any chronic conditions, especially diabetes.
In the early phases of a cataract, treatment may only involve using reading or prescription glasses and magnifiers, and ensuring that lighting is bright enough to see well. As cataracts progress and symptoms can no longer be addressed by these measures, cataract surgery may be an option. Cataract surgery is the only cure for cataracts and is very effective in restoring vision for the vast majority of people.
There are a couple of types of cataract surgery, but they all involve removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear lens implant. These procedures are generally done on an outpatient basis and allow people to return to their normal activities in as little as a day.
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Cataract:
More causes: not all possible causes for Cataract are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Cataract.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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