Cataracts & Surgery

What is a cataract?

Cataracts cause clouding of the lens inside your eye and vision distortion.
Cataracts are clouding of all or part of the lens of your eye. The lens is normally clear. When cataracts form, the lens becomes cloudy and leads to blurred or distorted vision. This can also cause the perceived colors you see to change. White can see more yellowish. Cataracts can be found in younger people but cataracts are most often found in people over age 55.

Cataracts are often attributed to the normal process of aging, but there are other factors that can cause or speed the formation of cataracts. These include exposure to ultraviolet light (UV), cigarette smoking, and using certain medications. Studies suggest that antioxidants in the diet may lower the risk for developing cataracts.

Cataracts form without causing pain or discomfort so many people don’t immediately notice their onset. Signs that a cataract may be forming include cloudy, blurred or hazy vision, and increased sensitivity to light or glare. People often find the need to turn on the lights or get more light in order to see well. Our eye doctors can also notice if there has been a large change in your prescription.

Our doctors can detect, diagnose cataracts. We can also remove cataract formation through cataract surgery.