A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens at the front of the eye. There is no pain associated with the condition but there are other symptoms, including:
A feeling of film over the eye(s)
Spots in front of the eye(s)
Poor night vision
Sensitivity to glare
A temporary improvement in near vision
What are the Risk Factors for Cataracts?
Cataracts usually develop as part of the natural aging process, usually starting around your mid-fifties. However, there are other factors that can contribute to cataracts developing earlier or at an accelerated rate. These include:
Eye injury or disease
A family history of cataracts
Use of certain medication
Frequent, unprotected exposure to the sun
When is it time to have Cataract Surgery?
The time for surgery is when cataracts are causing loss of vision which affects your ability to perform activities of daily living in your accustomed manner. With modern advancements in cataract surgery, developing cataracts no longer means having to suffer with blurry vision – restoring your vision has never been easier. The first step in detecting cataracts and determining your need for surgery is through a comprehensive cataract examination.