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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Call your doctor to discuss your symptoms if you:
If you are an older adult, discuss with your doctor how often you need to have routine eye exams. For more information, see the topic Vision Tests.
If a doctor has not determined that you have cataracts but you have symptoms that concern you, see the topic Eye Problems, Noninjury to find more information on what to do about your symptoms.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. Watchful waiting is safe and appropriate in most cases of adult cataracts. If you think your child has a cataract, see your doctor. Cataracts in children should be treated right away.
Speak with an ophthalmologist about surgery to remove cataracts. In most cases, you can decide if you want or need surgery based on whether vision problems caused by the cataract are interfering with your daily activities.
Who to see
The following health professionals can evaluate vision problems that may be caused by a cataract:
While other doctors may be able to detect problems that may be caused by cataracts, only an ophthalmologist can treat cataracts.
An ophthalmologist can help with the decision to have surgery and can do the surgery, if needed.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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