Cataract FAQs

Common questions we hear about cataracts.

Curious about cataract symptoms you may be experiencing? Looking to learn more about cataract surgery? Northwest Eye Clinic in Minnesota is ready to help. Be Eye Wise and get answers to the most common questions about cataracts symptoms – then schedule an appointment to meet with a Northwest Eye cataract surgeon.


When is the best time to have cataract surgery?

Many people think that it’s best to have cataract surgery when it’s first diagnosed. The reality is that a cataract should be removed when vision loss interferes with your everyday activities. In most cases, delaying surgery won’t cause long-term damage to your eye or complicate the surgery. You do not have to rush into surgery. Since cataract surgery is elective, you choose when to undergo the procedure. Northwest Eye will help you to decide when (and if) surgery is right for you.

How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?

Many patients return to normal activities within a few days after surgery, but each case is unique. Your vision should improve in the weeks following your procedure. Additional eye conditions may increase your recovery time.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Surgery is the only proven and successful treatment for cataracts. Medicines, eye drops or other drugs will not treat cataracts.

Is cataract surgery safe?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the United States. It’s also one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. About 95 percent of people who have cataract surgery experience better vision afterward.

Is there anything I can do to prevent cataracts?

Unfortunately, cataracts cannot be prevented. There are things you can do to delay the development and effects of cataracts including:

  • Shading your eyes from sunlight.
  • Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim when you are outside.
  • Ongoing research suggests good nutrition might help reduce the risk of age-related cataract.
  • A balanced diet that includes healthy foods, such as green leafy vegetables, fruit, and other foods high in antioxidants might delay cataracts.
  • If you smoke, stop.

Comprehensive dilated exams (especially if you’re over 60) can detect cataracts and signs of age-related vision disorders. The sooner a Northwest Eye cataract surgeon can treat an eye disease, the better.

Why should I choose Northwest Eye?

Northwest Eye Clinic cataract surgeons Dr. John Berestka, Dr. Timothy Ehlen, and Dr. Matthew Ramsey have decades of experience with cataract surgery. You’ll visit with your surgeon before and after your procedure to answer any questions you have and select the right treatment for your desired outcome. We’re one of the largest cataract practices in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Our team of trained surgeons provides outstanding treatment and top-notch patient care at our comfortable, sophisticated treatment facilities.