Cataract Quiz

Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in the country, but is often misunderstood. Can you separate fact from fiction?

Take our cataract eyeQ quiz.  Scroll down for answers.

1. Cataracts can be peeled off when they are ripe.

True   or   False

2. Cataracts can be dissolved with eye drops.

True   or   False

3. Cataracts can cause glaucoma.

True   or   False

4. Cataract surgery requires an overnight hospital stay.

True   or   False

5. Cataract surgery can reduce your need for glasses.

True   or   False


Cataract Quiz Answers:

1. Cataracts can be peeled off when they are ripe.  FALSE

A cataract is not a growth on or in the eye. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens.  The notion of waiting for a cataract to ripen harkens back to decades-old surgical techniques where the lens needed to be very hard to simplify removal.  Today, ultrasound technology has made it easier and safer to have a cataract removed while it is softer and still pliable.  When the clouding of your lens begins to affect enjoyment of your daily activities, it’s time to remove the foggy lens, and replace it with a clear lens implant.

2. Cataracts can be dissolved with eye drops.  FALSE

Many holistic and alternative therapies are being used throughout medicine, and eye care is no exception. You might see advertising for eyedrops claiming to “cure” cataracts.  Understandably, you want the least-invasive solution, and cataract eye drops sound simple and painless. But for cataracts, drops are not a solution. Eye drops don’t slow the progression of cataracts, nor do they reverse the cloudiness in the lens. Restoration of clear, bright vision is only possible through the removal of the cloudy, hardened lens.

3. Cataracts can cause glaucoma.  TRUE

The most common type of cataract is caused by the build-up of protein deposits on the natural crystalline lens in your eye.  As these layers build, they cause the lens to grow larger, harden, and cloud your vision.  If the fluid- exchange system in your eye is compromised, as happens with glaucoma, this cataractous lens can further increase eye pressure.  You might actually experience a reduction in eye pressure, or an ability to change your drop treatment regimen, after cataract surgery.  Talk with your doctor, and explore the link between cataracts and glaucoma.

4. Cataract surgery requires an overnight hospital stay.  FALSE

Cataract surgery is a simple outpatient procedure, during which you are awake but very relaxed. A small incision is made in the eye, the cataract is broken into small pieces using ultrasound waves, and then gently suctioned away. A clear, permanent, lens implant is then inserted which will provide you effortless vision for the rest of your life. There is virtually no pain associated with the procedure, and you should return to normal activities within just a few days.

5. Cataract surgery can reduce your need for glasses.  FALSE

Lens implant options have made great strides in the past few years, and you now have a choice about the range of vision, and quality of vision, you’d like after cataract surgery.

Traditional monofocal lens implants, which usually require use of glasses after surgery, are still available. But today, you also have choices of several multifocal lens implants that restore a fuller range of vision, similar to what you had around age 45. And new Toric lens implants correct astigmatism in a single step, eliminating the need for expensive astigmatism-correcting glasses after surgery.

Visit Eye & Lasik Center to learn more about your lens implant choices. We will discuss your hobbies, driving and work requirements, so the best lens implant can be matched to your vision needs.