A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye that causes blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over 55, but they occasionally occur in younger people. During your comprehensive eye examination, our doctors will use a biomicroscope and other instruments to detect cataracts.
The chemical changes in the eye that cause cataracts may be due simply to aging, but other factors can contribute to cataract formation. Heredity, injury, disease, excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, exposure to certain environmental chemicals, cigarette smoking and certain medications are also risk factors for the development of cataracts.
Cataracts are painless, and they have little effect on vision at first. Blurred or hazy vision, increased sensitivity to glare, or the feeling of having a film over the eyes are common symptoms of early cataract formation.
If a cataract develops to the point that it affects your daily activities, it is treated with surgery. The clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear, plastic lens. This is usually an outpatient procedure that is very successful in restoring clear vision. Whenever it becomes necessary, we can work with you to choose an excellent cataract surgeon.