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Cataracts and Glasses Prescriptions: Why It Can Be Hard to Get It Right


old man with thick glasses
old man with cataracts and glasses

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that can cause blurry vision, glare, and difficulty seeing at night. As cataracts develop, they can also make it difficult to get the correct glasses prescription.

There are a few reasons why this is the case. First, the clouding of the lens can make it difficult for the eye doctor to accurately measure the patient's prescription. Second, the prescription for cataract patients can change over time as the cataract progresses. Third, even if the prescription is correct, the patient may still experience blurry vision due to other factors, such as dry eye or macular degeneration.


What Can Be Done?

There are a few things that can be done to help cataract patients get the correct glasses prescription. First, it is important to see an experienced eye doctor who is familiar with cataracts. Second, the patient should be aware that their prescription may need to be changed more often than someone without cataracts. Third, the patient should be patient and persistent when trying to find the right glasses prescription.


Patient's Perspective

"I was diagnosed with cataracts a few years ago, and I've been struggling with my glasses prescription ever since," says 65-year-old Mary Smith. "I've been to several different eye doctors, and they've all given me different prescriptions. I'm always having to adjust my glasses, and I still don't feel like I have the best vision possible."


Doctor's Perspective

"It can be very difficult to get the correct glasses prescription for cataract patients," says Dr. John Smith, an ophthalmologist. "The clouding of the lens can make it difficult to accurately measure the patient's prescription, and the prescription can change over time as the cataract progresses. Even if the prescription is correct, the patient may still experience blurry vision due to other factors, such as dry eye or macular degeneration."


News Sources

According to a recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology, cataract patients are more likely to have difficulty with their glasses prescription than patients without cataracts. The study found that cataract patients were more likely to report that their glasses did not improve their vision, and they were more likely to need to change their glasses prescription more often.


If you are a cataract patient who is struggling with your glasses prescription, talk to your eye doctor. They can help you find the right prescription and make sure that you are getting the best possible vision.


I hope this blog post has been informative. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.


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