A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye. They are very common in the U.S., with a couple hundred thousand new cases being diagnosed every year. They develop quite slowly, so sometimes the person affected has no idea until the cataract gets progressively worse.
When you start experiencing symptoms, the most common include:
- Cloudy vision
- Low vision
- Poor night vision
- The appearance of halos around lights
- Frequent prescription changes
When someone first starts noticing cataracts, they may think that their glasses or contacts are smudgy. Patients sometimes report trying to clean their glasses, only to realize that the blurriness is originating from their eyes. Blurry and clouded vision is perhaps the most common cataract symptom that causes people to seek an eye exam.
Another symptom is sensitivity to light. You may also notice that colors start to look faded. Regardless of exactly what you are experiencing, any change in your vision or eye health should be evaluated by an experienced eye doctor.
Dr. Stuart Sondheimer has been treating cataracts and educating patients about their vision for more than three decades. He understands just how disconcerting it can be to experience a change in your vision, but rest assured that cataract surgery is a highly safe, highly effective treatment option.
The blurriness of a cataract occurs because the lens becomes opaque instead of transparent. It becomes opaque when proteins in the lens clump together. The reasons behind this are varied. Contributing factors include aging, years of sun exposure, and certain health conditions. By the age of 80, more than 50 percent of Americans have cataracts, so it is a very common disorder. It does continue to progress, eventually robbing a person of their vision. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a straightforward solution to cataracts. This surgery has been performed for many decades at this point, and it successfully restores vision with an implantable intraocular lens.
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If you are interested in learning more about the state-of-the art cataract treatments performed by Dr. Stuart Sondheimer, please call us in Skokie, IL, at 847-677-2794.