About Cataracts

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Cataracts

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What is a Cataract?

Over time, our quality of vision starts to decline, becoming noticeable in our 40s. It likely starts with blurry near vision, additionally we lose image sharpness. This decrease in visual quality is due to changes in your eye’s natural lens. By the age of 65, 90% of people have developed changes to the eye’s natural lens, which leads to a cataract. A cataract is clouding of the eye’s normally transparent lens. A “cloudy lens” is unable to focus light properly on the retina, making images look “blurry” and “faded.”

 

How is a cataract treated?

If you have poor vision due to a cataract, the only way to regain clear vision is to have the cataract removed. Here are some important facts to remember about cataract surgery:

  1. It is the most common and successful surgery performed today with nearly 25 million people worldwide having the procedure every year
  2. Cataract surgery includes replacing your eye’s natural lens with a clear artificial lens
  3. Left untreated, the quality of your vision will continue to decline
How is a cataract removed?

A cataract is removed during a short surgical procedure. During the treatment, your eye surgeon will remove the cataract (the natural lens that has become cloudy) and replace it with an artificial clear lens.