Millions of people are affected by cataracts, by age 80 half of all Americans have a cataract or had cataract surgery. It is a common myth that only seniors have cataracts, many people can develop a small cataract as early as 40 years of age.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are a cloudiness of the crystalline lens of the eye occurring naturally over time. Cataracts cause the vision to blur and can be in one or both eyes. Many patients may also see in a yellow or brown tint due to the discoloration of the lens.
What causes cataracts?
Researchers believe that cataracts can form due to certain diseases (like diabetes), smoking, or long exposure to ultra violet light.
One of the early symptoms of having eye cataracts is not being able to differentiate between the colors blue and green, or orange and red. Hover your mouse over the below button, did you see a visual change?
Other symptoms include:
- Glare or halos from lights both day time and night time
- Cloudy, foggy, blurred images
- Difficulty seeing TV, street signs, putting on make-up or reading with glasses
- Poor color vision – such as distinguishing between blue and green
- “Gray” skies – when we know they are blue
- “Starbursts” when looking at lights
If notice any of the above symptoms, please schedule an exam to determine the severity of your cataract.
How to treat a cataract?
When the eye cataract is disrupting vision and interferes with daily activities the cataract has to be removed. Cataract eye surgery is one of the most common and safest procedures. At Ennen Eye Center, we combine expertise and the most advanced technology for improved safety and better outcomes. The first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, which is typically covered by insurance. At your exam, we will determine the severity of your cataract and the best treatment for your eyes. Patients typically recover quickly from cataract surgery, and their vision is vastly improved.