Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear internal lens of the eye, which may lead to a decrease in vision. Over time, all patients develop some degree of natural aging changes within this lens. As the lens becomes cloudier, vision often becomes blurrier. Patients with cataracts commonly experience difficulty with distance or near detail vision, appreciating colors and changes in contrast, and coping with glare from bright lights. Common factors contributing to the development of cataracts include: aging, certain medications, eye trauma and surgeries, smoking, and unprotected excessive exposure to sunlight. Most people will have a slight cataract in one or both eyes by age 60, and most progress slowly over 5-15 years. An annual eye exam is recommended for people over age 60 to measure eyesight, to check for conditions such as cataracts, and to evaluate overall eye health.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye that leads to a decrease in vision. Left untreated, it is the most common cause of blindness and is conventionally treated with surgery. Vision loss occurs because opacification of the lens obstructs light from passing through and being focused on to the retina at the back of the eye. The most common cause for cataracts is biological aging and over-exposure to ultraviolet light. Seeing through a cataract is similar to looking through a foggy window. People with cataracts commonly experience difficulty in appreciating colors and changes in contrast, driving, reading, recognizing faces, and coping with glare from bright lights. While there is no guaranteed way to avoid cataracts, wearing eyewear and sunwear that block 100% UVA and UVB rays can slow the onset as well as decrease the exposure to direct sunlight. Cataracts do not need to interfere with your lifestyle. If you’re concerned that you may be suffering from cataracts, call our office today to schedule an eye health evaluation.