Cataracts: the Clouding of the Lens of the Eye
We can easily diagnose cataracts through a routine eye exam. The doctor will examine your eye using a special light to see if a cataract is forming. As a cataract develops, it gradually blocks the light that passes to the retina, creating blurry vision.
Cataracts do not cause any pain or discomfort in the eye. However, you may notice some changes to your eyesight as they develop, such as:
- Blurred vision
- More light needed while reading
- Halos and glare at night
- Changes to your eye glass prescription
- Sense of looking through a film in your eye
- Double vision in one eye
Most people will develop cataracts by the time they reach 80 years old. Although it is more rare, we sometimes see cataracts developing in patients who are in their 50’s and 60’s.
It is important to have regular eye exams to achieve your best vision at every age!
Cataract Surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the US today. Eye Rx works with a network of skilled surgeons who will remove your cataract in a simple outpatient procedure.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of the eye is removed, and a clear intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted in its place. Removal of the cataract takes only 20 minutes, requires only a small incision, and allows for a quick recovery.
After your surgery, you can return to Eye Rx for continued care to make sure that your eye is healing well, and that your vision is clear.