It is your choice to have cataract surgery.
Cataracts will not cause large vision changes for some people. A cataract at the outer edge of you lens, for example, may hardly affect your vision. A cataract at the center of your lens, may greatly affect your sight.
You should only agree to have surgery when you are unable to do all the things you want to do while wearing your glasses. If you decide to have surgery, you and your eye doctor (for cataract surgery, this will be an ophthalmologist or eye MD), must work together as a team.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diseases of the eye. He or she has been trained as an eye surgeon to perform cataract surgery.
You and your eye doctor will determine the best treatment for you—the one you are most comfortable with and the one he or she is best at performing. As you read this guide, note any questions or concerns you may have and discuss them with your eye doctor.
Note: If a cataract keeps an eye doctor from viewing the inside of your eye, he or she may suggest surgery.
Your eye doctor needs to be able to view the inside of your eye to check for eye diseases such as glaucoma and problems of the retina (the innermost part of the eye containing lightsensitive nerve cells).