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What Is A Cataract?

A cataract is the clouding of an eye’s lens. Cataracts form when the two dominant elements that make up our eye’s lens, water and protein, “clump” together and block/blur vision.

This condition is very common and affects nearly half of all Americans by the age of 80. The good news is that you don’t have to live with cataracts.

Are there symptoms of cataracts?

In the early stages of cataract development, symptoms may be subtle (often, most people do not even realize a cataract may be forming!). However, as a cataract progresses, you will begin to notice one or more of the following:

  • Painless blurring of vision
  • Starbursts around lights at night
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Poor night vision
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions
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Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are permanent, replacement lenses placed in the eye following cataract removal. Similar to a camera lens, IOLs focus your vision and deliver a clear, crisp image.

Premium IOLs are far more advanced than the standard lenses used for lens replacement.

While standard lenses are effective in improving vision and delivering a clear image, premium lenses specifically correct astigmatism as well as distance, midrange, and near vision.

  • Premium IOLs are far more advanced than the standard lenses used for lens replacement.
  • Advanced Technology IOLs (AT IOLs): Offers variable distance viewing with greater possibility that glasses or contacts will not be needed.
  • Extended Range of Vision IOL: Provides less dependence at all distances and offer greater freedom from eyewear than traditional monofocal IOLs.
  • Toric (or Astigmatic) IOLs: Reduces or eliminates corneal astigmatism while greatly improving distance vision in patients.
  • Accommodating (Crystalens) IOL: Corrects vision by changing focus as the patient views objects at varying distances.

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for Premium IOLs

  • Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?
  • Do you want to reduce your dependency on eye glasses or contact lenses?
  • Are you scheduled to have cataract surgery in the near future?

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! For those who have already developed a formal cataract, typically found in patients ages 60 and above, we recommend modern cataract surgery.


Yes. Although aging is the prime culprit in most cataracts cases, there are other causes of cataracts, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Eye injuries
  • Prolonged exposure to radiation
  • Extended steroid use
  • Heavy smoking, including vaping
  • Regardless of cause, though, we recommend having an annual eye exam conducted by our specialists at Hauser-Ross Eye Institute.


Treatment is suggested depending on the severity of symptoms and cataract development. For patients with fully-developed cataracts, cataract surgery is the recommended solution.

However, if your symptoms suggest that you’re showing early signs of development but not a full cataract yet, other treatment options are available.

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