The eyes’ natural lenses are supposed to be clear and transparent to allow you to see the world clearly. A cataract is a disruption and/or clouding of the natural lens in the eye. An aging lens turns from clear and transparent to yellow, brown, or even milky white. This interferes with the light from passing into the eye and sharply focusing on the retina. Individuals with cataracts may have trouble driving, reading, distinguishing colors, or interpreting expressions clearly. As cataracts become larger, your vision suffers more, and can eventually lead to the complete loss of vision and blindness.
If you notice vision changes or the signs of cataracts, you should contact our eye doctors and schedule an evaluation. In the initial stages, vision changes may be correctable by updating or prescribing corrective eyeglasses and stronger lighting. As cataracts progress it may not be possible to improve vision with just a change of glasses and surgery may be recommended. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and successful types of surgery done in the world. Yearly, about 3 million people undergo cataract surgery in the United States.