Your cataract can’t come back after surgery. This is because your natural lens has been taken away and replaced with an artificial lens. If your vision is still cloudy after cataracts surgery, you may have developed a condition called posterior capsule opacification. For more information, see our section: Cataracts treatment above.
Some people can still drive with cataracts. This will depend on how bad your cataract is and if your sight is still within the legal limits for driving. If your cataracts affect your driving, you will need to contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Check with your optometrist before you drive.
Cataracts affect people in different ways so it’s hard to predict how quickly they’ll affect your vision. Your eyesight will usually get worse very slowly, sometimes over a number of years. If you have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, your vision may be affected more quickly.
Most cataracts are caused by changes to the lens of your eye that happen naturally as you get older. But they can also be caused by other things – for example, diabetes, smoking, an injury to your eye or being in strong sunlight over long periods of time. For more information, see our Causes of cataracts section above.
You’ll be recommended to have your cataracts taken out if they’re affecting your daily life. Bad cataracts can stop you seeing properly and may make you more likely to fall or have an accident. For more information, see our section: Cataracts treatment above.
At first, you may not notice any cataracts symptoms. Or you may struggle to see properly when you try to read, watch television or even recognise faces. You may find it harder to drive at night because there’s too much glare. For more information, see our section: Cataracts symptoms above.
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