What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens in your eye which causes interference in the transmission of light to the retina thus affecting your vision. Cataracts are painless. Common misconceptions about cataracts:

  • Cataracts are not a film or coating over the eye
  • Cataracts are not contagious or related to cancer
  • There is no known way to reverse the cataract process
  • Cataracts are not the result of over-using your eyes

What causes cataracts to develop?

Age-related cataracts develop from chemical changes that take place within the protein material of the eye’s lens. As a result of these changes, clouding and yellowish or brownish discoloration of the lens occurs. Cataracts tend to develop slowly and while they may occur in one eye or the other, they are usually present in both or what is termed bilateral. Rate of progression of a cataract varies with each eye and formation may be gradual or rapid.

Who gets cataracts? Can they be prevented?

Most people will develop some degree of cataract as they become older. Cataracts most commonly occur in people over 55 although they can start earlier. Cataracts occur as a natural part of aging and therefore are not preventable.

Symptoms of cataract

  • Blurry vision
  • Dimmed or cloudy vision
  • Increased need for light when reading
  • Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
  • Glare, especially at night
  • Poor night vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Decreased color vision
  • Double vision out of one or both eyes

How do cataracts affect vision? What does cataract vision look like?

Since the lens of the eye becomes cloudy with cataracts, the effect of cataracts on your vision depends on the location and degree of clouding of the cataract. For example, if the cataract is located on the side of the lens, one may not notice a change in vision for many years since peripheral vision is not used as much as central vision.

   

Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataracts

If you are concerned about cataracts, contact the eye doctors at Ophthalmic Physicians, Inc. (OPI) for a complete, dilated eye exam during which your cataracts can be assessed. Simply having a cataract does not always require surgery. Sometimes a change in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription is enough to restore adequate vision. When a cataract becomes visually significant, it may be difficult to participate in normal activities such as reading, driving, working, and other things important to you. This may be the time to consider and discuss cataract surgery with your Ophthalmic Physicians doctor. Your doctor will also discuss with you all the latest cataract surgery options and help determine the timing for your cataract surgery. The good news is that modern cataract surgery is one of the safest, most frequent, and most successful procedures done in the world today and can have a profound impact on your life.

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