Cataract 101

A cataract is a clouding of the (normally clear) lens of your eye. Most people begin to notice the development of cataracts when they begin to experience fuzzy or cloudy vision as well as sensitivity to glare.

Because cataracts can eventually cause blindness, it’s important to speak with your doctor about your condition and what can be done.

I have cataracts. Now what?…

Managing cataracts and slowing progression

Cataracts typically worsen over time, but there are some things you can do to slow or minimize the progression.

  • Protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to UV/sunlight – sunglasses aren’t just fashionable, they’re functional!
  • Manage other health problems that may contribute to cataract development, such as diabetes or hypertension
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Talk with your doctor about any medication you’re taking and whether it can impact the progression of your cataracts

Ultimately, living an overall healthy lifestyle is the best way to slow the progression of any disease, and that includes cataracts.

Treating and removing cataracts

While a diagnosis of cataract is serious, it’s also treatable. Cataracts can be removed with a safe, outpatient procedure. It’s up to you and your ophthalmologist to decide when cataract surgery is right for you.

Curious what to expect from cataract surgery? First, the damaged lens is removed or emulsified by laser. Then, your doctor will replace it with a new, clear artificial lens that remains a permanent part of your eye. You might feel a little discomfort for a few days, but within eight weeks, you should be fully healed.

If you suspect you or a loved one may have cataracts, please call our office for an examination or request an appointment online.