What is a cataract?
A cataract is the clouding effect of a person’s natural eye lens. These natural lenses are what make it possible for us to focus on objects and process what we’re seeing. When cataracts form, it diminishes the eye’s ability to bring things into focus. Cataracts are incredibly common, affecting nearly half of all Americans by the age of 65. The good news is: you don’t have to live with cataracts.
Symptoms of Cataracts
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may indicate the development of a cataract. Schedule a consultation
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision in one eye
- Poor night vision
- Color distortion
Is surgery the only treatment for cataracts?
Not necessarily. We recommend having cataract surgery when cataracts disrupt your daily activities (e.g., reading or driving). However, there are a number of things that can be done to manage cataract-related vision problems in the early stages, such as eyeglasses or other vision aids. The best way to know which treatment option is best for you is to meet regularly with an eye doctor.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I at greater risk of developing a cataract?
No one is immune to cataracts. However, certain groups have an increased risk of developing cataracts and needing surgery. Those considered high-risk are:
- Steroid users
- Individuals who have experienced trauma to the eye
Is age the only thing that causes cataracts?
No. Cataracts can also form as the result of other factors, such as:
- Eye injury
- Existing eye disease
- Use of certain medications
- Other health problems (e.g. diabetes)
How do I know if I have a cataract?
A typical indicator of cataract development is the introduction of “night halos” or glares in your vision. The best way to know, though, is to have an eye exam.
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