Can I Drive If I Have Cataracts?

Cataracts can impact everyday activities like reading, walking and even driving. One of the common questions that people ask when they first find out they have cataracts is to ask whether they can drive. This is a good question for your eye doctor in Brookhaven, GA. At Brookleigh Family Eyecare, we can help you determine the severity of your cataracts and whether it’s time for treatment. Here’s what you need to know. 

What Are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. Often, cataracts develop slowly and the way they interfere with visual acuity is minimal at the beginning. It’s only after cataracts become severe that they start to interfere with daily activities. 

Can You Drive With Cataracts?

Many people continue to drive even after they’re diagnosed with cataracts, as long as their eye doctor says that they can. If you drive a car and have been diagnosed with cataracts, it’s important to find out from your eye doctor whether your cataracts are severe enough to prevent you from driving.

Your eye doctor may tell you that you can still drive, but may recommend a change in corrective lens prescription. Sometimes a small change in your corrective lens prescription can make a big difference – until the cataracts begin to worsen. 

How Can Cataracts Affect My Driving?

Severe cataracts can prevent people who drive from seeing street signs, other cars and the road itself. When you have cataracts, objects may look blurry, headlight glare can be more intense, double vision may become a problem and night vision may be worse overall. 

Don’t let cataracts get in the way of your everyday life and activities. Contact Brookleigh Family Eyecare for cataract treatment in Brookhaven GA. Make an appointment today. 


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