Understanding Cataracts

Cataract

No matter what aspects of life you value most – working, golfing, reading or just taking in the scenery while strolling around town – chances are they are highly or wholly dependent on your sight.  If cataracts cloud your vision you may actually be losing the ability to enjoy the very things, places, and people that make life worth living.

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye.  This lens, which is located behind the iris, works just like the lens of a camera to focus light images on the retina that in turn, sends images to the brain.  The human lens can become so clouded that it keeps light and images from reaching the retina. 

A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing a night becomes more difficult.  It may also be why reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read or do simple tasks no longer seem to help.  Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life through old, cloudy film.  But a cataract is not a “film” over the eyes.  It cannot be prevented and diet will not make it go away.  Eye injury, certain diseases, or even some medications may cause the lens to become cloudy prematurely.

The best way to treat a cataract is with surgery that removes the old, clouded lens and replaces it with a new, artificial one to restore your vision, and in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life.  

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An Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is trained in traditional medical school and then in a residency focused on diseases of the eye and all types of surgical procedures for the eyes and eyelids. Ophthalmologists have the ability to provide total eye care. Optometrists are trained through specialized schools in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of vision and refractive problems of the eye, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and are also trained to fit glasses and contact lenses and to prescribe aids for low vision, such as glasses and contact lenses.


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