What is a cataract?

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in the world. Catarcts are a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes opaque over time, resulting in blurred vision.

There are three types of cataracts:

  • Subcapsular Cataracts: Most common for people with diabetes or those who take high doses of steroidmedications where vision loss forms at the back of the lens.
  • Nuclear Cataracts: Typically associated with aging where cataracts form from the deep central zone of the lens.
  • Cortical Cataracts: This type of cataract occurs in wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and works its way to the center of the cortex.

Frequent Symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Lights may seem brighter than they actually are
  • Colors might not seem as vibrant as they used to
  • Temporary improvement of near vision

Possible Causes of Cataracts:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol

How To Treat Them:

When symptoms first appear, new glasses, appropriate lighting, other visual aids and a nutrition balanced diet may ease the symptoms. Learn more on our Everyday Eye Care Tips page. However, cataract surgery is the most successful way to restore your vision. Schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if surgery is right for you. Arranging An Eye Exam

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