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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Cataracts
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and ask questions you may not have thought of.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- How do I know if I have a cataract?
- Are there specific factors that put me at greater risk of getting cataracts that I can change?
- How often should I have my eyes examined for cataracts or other eye problems?
- If I develop a cataract in one eye, does that mean I will develop a cataract in the other eye?
- If I develop cataracts, should I have surgery immediately?
- Are there any steps I can take to control the symptoms of cataracts?
- What measures can I take to help prevent developing cataracts or making them worse?
- What measures should I take after cataract surgery?
- Will eye surgery return my vision to normal?
- Is my cataract surgery an emergency?
- What is the success rate for cataract surgery?
- How much experience do you have with this procedure?
- How soon after surgery will I be able to see well enough to go back to work? Drive a car? Return to full activity?
- Do you recommend I have surgery now, or can I wait?
- What type of intraocular lens is best for me?
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 05/2017
- Update Date: 12/20/2014