A cataract is like a cloud, over the eye’s lens, interfering with the quality of vision, making normal activities, such as driving a car, reading a newspaper or seeing people’s faces, increasingly difficult.
Gradually, as cataracts progress, patients may experience symptoms such as:
- Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
- More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing halos around lights
- Faded or yellowed colors
- The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
- Double vision within one eye
Cataracts are extremely common. As a normal part of life, almost every person will develop cataracts at some stage. With age-related cataracts as the most common form of this eye condition, there are different types of cataracts.
As cataracts progress, vision problems worsen and sight will become severely limited. If a person’s cataracts progress to the point of interfering with daily activities, cataract surgery becomes necessary.
Typically performed in an outpatient setting, such as St. Lucy’s Outpatient Eye Surgery Center, cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and it is estimated that over 3.5 million operations are performed each year.
During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is broken into small pieces and gently sucked from the eye. Then, an artificial lens is inserted in the place of the natural lens.
Artificial lens choices are available at Community Eye Center. During cataract surgery consultation, the ophthalmologist presents the patient with replacement lens options so that he or she may choose the lens that will provide the best outcome after surgery.
After cataract surgery, most people report clearer vision within hours. Within days, most people resume their normal day-to-day activities.