Cataracts

 

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of your eyes natural lens, which leads to a decrease of vision.

What causes a cataract?

Most cataracts occur as part of the aging process, from a change in the chemical composition of the lens. They usually do not become a problem until you are in your 60s or 70s.

How can I tell if I have a cataract?

You may have noticed a gradual blurring or dimming of vision. Some people see a “halo” or haze around lights, especially at night, or have hazy or double (or multiple) vision. At first, the symptoms may only occur in dim light or when you face bright oncoming car headlights; the glare may make night driving especially difficult.

Is it possible to have a cataract and not notice it?

Yes. If the cataract is small, it may not disturb your vision or cause any symptoms at all. Even a dense cataract may not be noticed if the other eye is providing clear vision. In fact, you might not be aware of the blurred vision unless you happened to cover the normal eye. Unless it is very dense, a cataract is not visible to the naked eye of an observer.

What is the treatment for cataracts?

The only effective treatment is surgical removal of the cloudy lens. This is performed in the comfort and safety of our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center using the latest treatment techniques and technology. Our talented eye surgeons will remove the natural lens that has become clouded, and replace it with an artificial lens, known as an IOL, or intraocular lens.