In a normal eye, the clear cornea allows light to enter. The iris controls the amount of light entering the eye by changing the size of the pupil. The light passes through a clear lens and is focused by the lens onto the back of the eye, or the retina, creating a sharp, clear image. Through the natural aging process, the clear lens gradually clouds and hardens. As the clouding increases, vision becomes fogged or blurry because the light is not clearly focused on the retina. A cataract may take a number of years to develop and usually form in both eyes, however not always at the same time. Although they are a natural part of the aging process and affect millions of Americans every year, they need to be properly diagnosed and treated.
A thorough eye examination by your ophthalmologist can detect the presence and extent of a cataract, as well as any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or discomfort. There are no medications, dietary supplements, exercises, or optical devices that have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts. Surgery is the only way to correct your vision and remove the cataract. Our practice qualified eye surgeons who are available for cataract removal and replacement.
Cataracts usually form slowly. There is no pain associated with the condition of a cataract(s), but there are several symptoms that indicate failing vision due to cataracts. These include:
|• Inability to Visualize Road Signs
|• Blurred/Hazy Vision, Cloudy, Filmy, or Foggy
|• Difficulty Reading & Driving at Night
|• Lights Seem Glaring & Halos Appear around Lights
|• Vision Changes (Nearsightedness & Temporary Improvement in Close-up Vision)
|• Colors Seem Duller or Different Than Usual (Especially Yellow)
|• Difficulty Viewing Television Cable Guides and Scrolling News Reels