Can cataract surgery be done on both eyes at the same time?

Laura C. Fine, MD
If your eye doctor determines that you have cataracts (clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye) in both eyes, he or she may recommend operating first on the eye with the denser cataract (and poorer vision). If surgery is successful and your vision improves substantially, you may elect to forgo surgery on your other eye. Most patients note significant benefits from having the second eye operation, including better depth perception and improvements in their ability to drive and to read. Many people choose to have the second surgery once the first eye has healed and vision is stable.

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