More than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts. A cataract is a gradual clouding of the clear lens in the eye, the part that focuses light and produces clear images. As old cells die they become trapped. As time passes, more cells die and accumulate causing the lens to cloud, making vision blurred and dim. Cataracts form slowly and painlessly, but can eventually lead to blindness.
Cataracts can be caused by metabolic diseases such as diabetes, an injury to the eye, medications, long-term exposure to the sun, eye surgery, congenital defects or aging. If you experience any of the following schedule an exam:
- Blurry vision, with no pain
- Glare, or sensitivity to light
- Double vision in one eye
- The need to read with brighter light
- Poor night vision
- Dull or yellowed image
- Family history of cataracts
- Medical problems, such as diabetes
- High salt intake
- Long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight
- Eye Injuries
- Long term prednisone intake
When our doctors diagnose a patient with a cataract, surgery is the only method in which to remove the cataract. Technological advances have made cataract surgery safer, more comfortable and more effective. The success rate of cataract surgery is excellent. Talk to our doctors to find out if you need cataract surgery.
For more information visit: https://www.friedbergeye.com/services/cataracts and https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-are-cataracts