What is a cataract?
Contrary to popular belief, a cataract is not a type of “film” that forms over the surface of the eye. In reality, a cataract is the result of a natural change occurring inside your eye, a gradual clouding that ca make your vision lees sharp over time.
What causes cataracts?
Although the majority of cataracts develop on their own as a part of the natural aging process, there are certain risk factors that can contribute to cataracts developing earlier, or at an accelerated rate. Trauma to the eye, toxins, exposure to radiation, or certain diseases can accelerate a cataract formation. Heredity can also play a factor in determining when cataracts will begin to form in your lenses.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Cataracts generally develop slowly and painlessly. In fact, you may not even realize that your vision is changing. Still, cataracts are one of the most common causes of visual loss in the Unites States. Symptoms include blurred vision, faded or dull colors, poor night vision, and sensitivity to light. Left untreated, cataracts have the potential to cause a complete loss of vision. Thankfully, treating cataracts now involves a safe, relatively simple surgery that can literally change the way you see the world.