Cataracts and Eye Surgery

What are cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the lens within your eye. Normally, this lens is clear, but as the lens becomes cloudy, a developing cataract often results in blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in people over age 55, but can also be found in younger people.

Cataracts cause clouding of the lens inside your eye and vision distortion.

With advancing age, most people will eventually develop cataracts. There are other influences which may speed up the rate at which one develops a cataract. These influences include exposure to ultraviolet light, cigarette smoking and the use of certain medications. Studies suggest that antioxidants in the diet may lower the risk for developing cataracts.

Cataracts form without causing pain or discomfort. Indications that a cataract may be developing include blurred or hazy vision, increased sensitivity to light and glare. As cataracts begin to develop, people often find the need to turn on the lights or increase illumination in order to see better. Your doctor may also notice that there has been a large change in your prescription.

During a comprehensive eye examination, Drs. Alexander, Do and Yu can diagnose a cataract and monitor its development. Often, changing the prescription in your glasses or contact lenses will help you to maintain good vision.