About Cataracts

A cataract occurs when the natural lens inside of the eye starts to develop a cloudy appearance, which gives the person the feeling as though he or she is looking out of a foggy or frosty window. This clouding impairs vision over time and makes it less comfortable for the person to participate in normal daily routines such as reading or driving.  A cataract can create extra glare from any light source, which makes it challenging to find your bearings when outside on a sunny day or to drive at night due to the oncoming headlights.  Also, colors may not appear as bright as they once did.

Cataract Symptoms

Some symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy, distorted or blurred vision
  • Needing more light to read
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Problems with glare and/or, halos
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Colors seem more faded or have a yellowish tint
  • Double vision
  • Frequent changes in your prescription

If you begin experiencing any of these symptoms, or have been diagnosed with cataracts, schedule an evaluation at Cataract Vision Institute to determine which type of cataract procedure is right for your lifestyle and expectations.

Causes of Cataracts

While the exact causes of cataracts are unknown, in most cases its development is usually benign and often associated with being part of the normal aging process.  In fact, it is estimated that two-thirds of adults over 60 years of age have some degree of a cataract.  There are other causes of cataracts, and younger people may also be susceptible to developing cataracts. In patients with cataracts, the natural lens inside of the eye begins to gradually harden and become cloudy, making it difficult to see sharp images due to the increased challenges for focusable light to pass into the eye. 

How are Cataracts Diagnosed?

If you think you may have a cataract, schedule an evaluation at Cataract Vision Institute.  You will receive a vision evaluation that includes a visual acuity test and a dilated retinal eye exam. While early-stage cataracts can be treated with new glasses, cataracts eventually require surgery.  Your doctor at Cataract Vision Institute will let you know the progress of your cataract, and will help you make the decision about when it is right to have them removed, based on your needs and lifestyle.