What Happens If Cataracts Are Left Untreated?

If you have cataracts and you’re worried about what might happen if they are left untreated, contact Elmquist Eye Group. Servicing the areas in and around Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida for over 25 years, our caring and courteous staff will be glad to make you an appointment today.

Leaving cataracts untreated for too long can lead to serious vision problems and even total blindness if ignored for long enough. Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell exactly how quickly a cataract will progress.

What Happens If Cataracts Are Left Untreated?If you are unsure whether or not you actually have cataracts, here are some of the symptoms that you should look out for:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Colors seem faded
  • Sensitivity to bright lights (sunlight, lamps, headlights)
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent prescription changes

If left untreated, these symptoms will typically continue to get worse until you are completely blind. If the condition is left for too long, cataracts can become “hyper-mature.” This is a condition that makes them more difficult to remove and more likely to cause surgical complications. You may also require more time to recover.

How Often Should I Have My Eyes Checked if I Have Cataracts?

If you notice a major change in any of your symptoms, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. This could indicate that the condition has progressed and it may be time to have the cataracts removed. Cataract surgery is a quick procedure that could leave you with better vision than you had before the cataract.

Meet the Team

Yasaira Rodriguez, MD is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Rodriguez specializes in premium refractive cataract surgery, upper eyelid surgery, in-office procedures and comprehensive ophthalmology.

Kate Wagner, OD, partner, and Nina Burt, OD are optometrists who are board certified by the State of Florida and the National Board of Optometry and take pride in offering a unique blend of expert eye care and a passion for providing the best service to patients of all ages.


Don’t leave your cataracts untreated any longer. Take the first step and contact Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020. Our caring and professional team will help guide you through the process and answer any questions you have about cataracts, cataract surgery and artificial intraocular lenses.