Cataract Treatment

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 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

Is treatment right for me?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing the signs of cataract development. Schedule a consultation
  • Is your vision yellowing?
  • Do you see a lot of glare?
  • Are colors less vibrant than you once remember?
  • Are you having difficulty driving, reading, or recognizing faces?

Cataract Treatment DOCTORS

Cataract Frequently Asked Questions

Are cataracts treatable?
Yes! For those who have already developed a formal cataract, typically found in patients ages 60 and above, we recommend modern cataract surgery.
Are there additional causes of cataracts?
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
  • Uncontrolled steroid use
  • Lifestyle indulgences like debauchery and heavy smoking
Regardless of cause, though, we recommend having an annual eye exam conducted by our specialists at Hauser-Ross Eye Institute.
Am I too young or old for cataract surgery?
Treatment is suggested depending on the severity of symptoms and cataract develop. 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.