With early cataracts, the symptoms may be addressed with nothing more than a change in eyeglass prescription. Given that cataracts typically change slowly, this may be all that is necessary in some situations. Should the symptoms continue to progress, cataract surgery may be recommended. In this case, your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist for consultation. While some may argue with the term ‘minor surgery’ (any surgery on me isn’t minor …), cataract extraction with lens implant is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in North America, and has a very high success rate. Modern techniques utilize topical anesthesia, take less than 15 minutes, and no stitches are necessary. Recovery is very quick – anti-inflammatory drops are used for several weeks following surgery, and most patients are able to return to normal activity levels almost right away.