What are Cataracts and why do they cloud up my vision?
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed, or looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract. The lens inside your eye is subject to the effects of age just like any other body part – with time, it just doesn’t function like it used to. When we are younger, the human lens is clear and flexible so objects at a variety of distances are easily focused. As time goes by the clear lens gradually, and sometimes rapidly, becomes cloudy, forms a cataract, and focus starts to fail.
The most common type of cataract is related to the normal aging process of the eye. Other causes of cataracts include family history, medical conditions like diabetes, traumatic or surgical eye injury, medications, long-term unprotected exposure to sunlight, or occupational exposure.
Common Symptoms include:
- Blurry vision, reading or distance
- Glare and/or light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Fading or yellowing of colors
Individuals should consider cataract surgery when decreased vision interferes with normal daily activities.
Ocala Eye doctors use advanced surgical treatments for cataracts that can restore your vision to a more youthful state – and even help you say goodbye to glasses!
Your Cataract Treatment Options
Ocala Eye doctors perform thousands of cataract procedures every year at the Ocala Eye Surgery Center. The real question is, how do you want to see your world after cataract surgery? For more information on cataract surgery, visit our cataract surgery page.
To learn more about cataract surgery or to schedule your appointment, call 352.622.5183 or