It’s common to develop age related eye conditions as we get older. Of these eye conditions, cataracts are frequently seen in Americans over 80. A cataract is when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see clearly.
Cataracts can affect anyone but are most seen in adults over 50. It is possible to have cataract eye surgery, a procedure that involves replacing the clear lens with an interocular lens (IOL). This is dependent on the type of cataract and how much it affects your vision.
Interested in learning more about cataracts and cataract eye surgery? The EyeDoctors Optometrists have developed a quick guide for you. Continue reading to learn more.
A cataract is when the lens in the eye turns cloudy. As light enters the eye through the pupil, it is filtered through the lens to help focus images on the back of the eye in the retina. With a clouded lens, the images that appear on the retina aren't as clear as they should be.
Someone with cataracts may experience blurry vision, dull color vision, and see double images. They may also experience sensitivity to light, making driving at night difficult.
It’s important to know that not all cataracts cause vision problems or require cataract eye surgery. If the cataract interferes with your ability to read, drive, or hinders your everyday life, we recommend having cataract eye surgery.
Although it is rare for someone under 40 to develop cataracts, it is possible for anyone to develop them – including infants and children. Cataracts are most commonly seen in older adults.
There are a few traits that can increase the risk of developing cataracts. These traits include:
Those not wearing proper eye protection while working in the sun
Frequent alcohol drinkers
Those who’ve undergone upper body radiation therapy
Those with a family history of cataracts
Someone that’s experienced eye trauma, injury, or surgery
Some medications, such as steroids
Not all cataracts cause vision problems, and not all vision problems caused by cataracts require surgery. If you notice that your cataracts begin to interfere with your ability to read, drive at night, or hinder your everyday activities, you may need cataract surgery.
To determine whether you need surgery, discuss how the cataract impacts your life with your eye doctor. Together, you can decide if now is the right time for cataract eye surgery. Although cataracts are frustrating, the surgery is never an emergency that needs to be performed quickly.
There are advantages to having cataract surgery when your vision has worsened: almost 90% of people report their vision improves significantly after the eye heals. People typically stop seeing blurry or double images, and they may experience colors more vividly.
Think you may need cataract eye surgery? Find a The EyeDoctors Optometrists location near you to schedule an appointment. Our team of highly trained eye care professionals provide comprehensive eye care including routine eye exams, preventative care, and treatment.