A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye , most often related to aging. Half of Americans have had either a cataract or cataract surgery by the age of 80.
One does not need to be a senior to have a cataract. Often they start in the 40’s or 50’s but may remain small. It is frequently after the age of 60 that cataracts begin to steal vision.
The lens of the eye works much like a camera lens. It focuses light onto the retina in the back of the eye allowing us to see clearly. The lens is made up mostly of water and protein. As we age this protein may begin to clump together and cloud the lens. As it worsens and grows larger it may cloud more of the lens impeding vision. Researchers believe diabetes, smoking and wear and tear over the years may be causes of cataracts.
Know the Signs and Symptoms :
- Cloudy Vision
- Poor Night Vision
- Colors Seem Faded
- Glare: Lamps, Headlights, or sunlight may seem to bright
- A Halo may Appear around Lights
- Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
If you have any of these signs or symptoms contact your eye care Professional.