What are cataracts?

istock 951890052 1 1 Cataracts are a condition that can impact many individuals over the age of 40. In fact, according to The National Eye Institute, more than 20 million Americans over 40 deal with cataracts. Approximately half of these individuals are over the age of 80. This common, age-related condition is one of the leading causes of poor vision in Americans. 

What happens when cataracts form? 

Cataracts cause clouding of the natural eye lens, resulting in symptoms that gradually progress with time until impairment of vision occurs. Cataracts can be a natural process of aging, but may also be associated with other chronic eye conditions, systemic disease, or even prescription medications. Cataracts can develop slowly or rapidly, so early detection and monitoring is important. In many cases, the only treatment of choice is cataract surgery. 

What are common signs and symptoms of cataracts? 

It can be difficult for the everyday patient to distinguish the difference between cataracts and other eye disorders that can occur naturally during the process of aging. Cataracts do develop slowly, and many patients are not aware of deterioration in their vision until the later stages. We encourage patients to look for the following symptoms which may indicate cataracts are present or developing: 

  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision with a single eye
  • Cloudy or hazy vision
  • Inability to see clearly at night
  • Increased distortion or glare in vision
  • Faded colors in vision

Do I need cataract surgery? 

Patients should be visiting their ophthalmologist on a regular basis to have routine eye examinations performed. This is critical as many conditions that are caught in the early stages, such as glaucoma, can be addressed before they become a serious concern. If cataracts have developed, they cannot be cured, and the results of vision loss are permanent. Fortunately, these patients may be considered great candidates for cataract surgery, which removes the cataracts and replaces them with intraocular lenses, or “IOLs.” Using a specialized procedure, Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL can provide patients with restored vision. 

Are you concerned that you may have cataracts? 

Get a comprehensive evaluation performed today with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer. His facility is located at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Suite #201 in Skokie, IL and accepts new patients who call for an appointment at (847) 677-2794

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