Cataracts & Eyeglass Prescription

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by T-Sant, Apr 10, 2022.

  1. T-Sant


    Apr 10, 2022
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    I recently had two eye and optical exams by an optometrist and optician. I visited two optometrists to get two opinions. My main goal was to get an up to date eyeglass prescription (B) as I feel like my more recent prescription from a couple months ago is weak. It turns out that my original prescription (A) was too gave me headaches, but I could see really nice and clear.

    I have not yet had my eyes dilated and will go back for that part of the exam next week. I am a 39 years old male. I was told that have early stage cataracts in both eyes, a little over level 1.

    Attached is the eye auto refractometer reading. As you can see and from what they tell me, I have good vision. However, even though I have good vision without glasses, I still feel things are not as clear as I would like without glasses, particularly at night. I feel like even my vision is good, I shouldn't feel things are slightly blurry.

    Is it possible that even though the readings are showing I have "good vision"/not a strong prescription, that the cataracts are affecting my vision ever so slightly and not letting the eyes achieve their potential? So from the opticians point of view, my data shows I have a not so strong prescription, however with the low cataract level, it's somehow affecting that and so whatever eyeglass prescription I get, whether appropriate or too strong, I'm not going to be able to see properly.

    Would doing cataract surgery now allow me to achieve this clear vision?

    1) I have been feeling a slight burning in the corner of one eye of the last months. Especially when there is strong light or even slight sunshine, there's a slight aggravation in that eye. I thought this was a prescription issue, but the more I observe, it feel like light is stimulating something.
    2) If I wanted to forgo eyeglasses and have Lasik, do I get the cataract surgery first and then Lasik?

    Thank you so much for your advice.

    (I may have a more specific prescription question that I will ask on a separate thread)

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    T-Sant, Apr 10, 2022
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  2. T-Sant


    Nov 18, 2022
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    Yes, it is possible that cataracts can affect your vision even if your prescription is not significantly changed. Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye, which can cause blurry or hazy vision, glare, reduced contrast sensitivity, and difficulty with night vision.
    Generally, cataract surgery is performed before LASIK.
    sboptical, May 30, 2023
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