Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 75, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts.
At Rottman Eye Care, our highly skilled eye doctors have extensive experience and utilize the latest technology to identify and diagnose cataracts. The only complete treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery to restore a patient’s vision and help them continue to live their lives with their best vision.
If you’re noticing that your vision has become increasingly blurry, maybe colors aren’t as vibrant as before or you have increased sensitivity to bright light, you may be developing cataracts. Rottman Eye Care is here to help you diagnose your cataracts and determine the cataract treatment that is right for you.
A cataract is a progressive medical condition that causes the natural lens in your eye to become increasingly cloudy, impairing your vision. Just as the lenses in a pair of glasses can get smudged or pick up fingerprints, the lens in our eye becomes cloudy as we get older, suffer serious eye injury, or have certain medical conditions.
Everyone has a natural lens in their eye, sitting right behind the iris (the colored part of your eye), that focuses light and produces clear, sharp images on the retina – allowing us to see. As we age, that natural lens becomes thicker, less flexible, and less transparent. Age and other medical conditions cause the tissues in the lens to break down and clump together, clouding the lens and your vision because the light can no longer reach your retina to form that crisp, clear picture the way it used to.
Cataracts typically develop in both eyes, but they don’t always develop at the same time or rate. This can lead to vision differences in your eyes.
Cataracts are a common, normal part of aging. Though cataracts can develop for younger adults, it is much more common for older adults to develop cataracts.
Because cataracts develop slowly, the signs and symptoms can sometimes go unnoticed. Many people don’t seek treatment for cataracts until they begin to noticeably interfere with their vision. Besides blurry vision, other symptoms include difficulty driving at night, elevated sensitivity to glare and bright lights, and the appearance of halos around light sources. Many people describe having cataracts as looking through a clouded window.
It’s important to have your eyes checked for cataracts regularly, especially if you’re between the ages of 40 and 50, when most age-related cataracts begin to develop.
The symptoms of cataracts become more pronounced over time, but these are a few early signs to be on the lookout for if you think you may be developing cataracts.
There is no way to reverse the development of cataracts but when cataracts begin to interfere with your vision, the team of eye care experts at Rottman Eye Care can diagnose your cataracts and refer you to an experienced surgeon for further cataract care and treatment.