Patients come in on a regular basis thinking that they already have a cataract developing. In fact, you really can’t tell if you have a cataract or not. Your vision may be blurry just from needing a change of prescription glasses, or something as simple as a dry eye, so that’s something we'll take a look at. Even if we make a diagnosis of a cataract, that doesn’t mean that you need to do anything about it. Patients can continue to function normally with a cataract while driving, even driving at night, sometimes needing just a simple change in prescription or anti-reflective or anti-glare coating on their spectacle lenses to make your night driving much easier.
Of course, the drastic approach is to have a cataract removed, but depending on the patient's general health that might not be an option. So we generally tell patients we'll leave it up to them. If they feel comfortable with their vision and they’re able to pass a driver’s test, then we feel comfortable letting them go ahead. If they’re not able to pass a driver’s test and they feel uncomfortable, then we have a number of surgeons in the area we work with for cataract evaluation.