A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed. The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not even be aware that a cataract is present.
Common symptoms of a cataract include:
- a painless blurring of vision
- glare, or light sensitivity
- poor night vision
- double vision in one eye
- difficulty reading without brighter light
- fading or yellowing of colors
Fortunately, the practice of cataract removal has progressed significantly in recent years. It is now an out-patient procedure completed with relatively simple follow-up care. For most patients, the physician will have a recommendation as to what type of artificial lens will work best. Yet there are some instances when the patient will have the opportunity to choose from different options. The additional articles listed in the menu to the right will help you better understand the types of lenses available.
Cataract surgery is an advanced procedure that can restore patients vision even after their lenses have become compromised by a cataract. During this procedure, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens, allowing patients to see again.