Cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. When looking at something, light must travel through the lens and focus onto the retina, a layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye that functions as film for an older camera (captures light). A clear lens focuses light properly onto the retina. When cloudy, all of the light does not make it to the retina, blurring the vision.
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Vision problems with cataracts
Symptoms of cataract include, but are not limited to:
Many times the cataract progresses so slowly that you may not notice how poor your vision is until it is removed.
- Dim or Decreased Vision
- Film or Fog over Vision
- Decreased Contrast (ability to detect variations in shading)
- Double Vision
- Difficulty Driving at Night
As the cataract worsens, it may interfere with your daily activities, such as reading or driving. Our physicians can tell you whether cataract or another problem is the cause of your vision loss.
The good news is that cataracts are treatable with surgery. Since most cataracts are part of the normal aging process, they cannot be reversed. There are no medications or eye drops that will improve your vision once cataracts are progressing.
A cataract may not require removal right away if your lifestyle isn't significantly affected. In rare cases, a change to your eyeglasses may improve your vision a little. Once you are diagnosed with a cataract, your ophthalmologist needs to monitor your vision regularly for any changes.
Cataract surgery for clearer vision
When a cataract is affecting your vision to the point that it interferes with your daily activities, our physicians may recommend surgery to remove it. With cataract surgery, your eye's cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens implant (called an intraocular lens or IOL). For more information on IOL choices, please see the links below.
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