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Cataracts, Ambulatory Care

A cataract

is clouding of the eye lens. You may develop a cataract in one or both eyes. The cause of a cataracts is not known.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Vision loss
  • Cloudy, foggy, fuzzy, or hazy blurring of vision
  • Problems driving at night or in bright sunlight
  • Double vision
  • Problem seeing shades of colors

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Vision loss
  • Sudden, sharp pain in your eye

Treatment for cataracts

may include glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. You may also need surgery to remove your cataract. An artificial lens will be put into your eye to replace the damaged lens.

Protect your eyes:

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sunlight and prevent eye discomfort.
  • Do not smoke. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking can damage your eyes. Ask for information if you need help quitting.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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