A cataract is the clouding of the lens of an eye, making it harder for to see out of it. This usually occurs in those over the age of 65. This cloudiness is the result of protein building up on the lens of the eyes, preventing light from passing through the lens.
There are different forms of cataracts that one can suffer from:
The risk of developing cataracts is higher if you smoke, drink excessively, or are exposed to high levels of air pollution.
If you are experiencing any of these issues with your sight you should come in and visit our Optometrist. Our Optometrist will perform a dilated eye exam, where specialized eye drops are used to dilate your pupil and enable the Optometrist to clearly assess and inspect your cornea/lens.
Cataracts are progressive, though the impacts to your vision can be mitigated for quite a while via contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, there will come a point where corrective lenses are no longer able to provide the clarity required for proper vision.
The only “cure” for cataracts is cataract removal surgery. During this safe procedure, your cloudy lens is removed and replaced by an intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL performs the same function as the natural lens.
Learn more about how we treat and manage cataracts.