Cataracts obscure the eye’s natural lens and limit your ability to see details. The lens, a light-sensitive membrane in your eye, works like the lens in a camera. Just as a foggy camera lens makes everything dim, a cataract makes it hard for you to see clearly.
Cataracts can develop from normal aging, from an eye injury, from previous eye surgery or if you have taken certain medications. Cataracts may cause blurred vision, dulled vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and/or ghost images. If the cataract changes vision so much that it interferes with your daily life, the cataract may need to be removed. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. The alternative to surgery is to not have the cataract removed. If you do not have the surgery, your vision probably will not improve and may continue to get worse.
During a comprehensive eye exam, our ophthalmologists quickly and accurately determine your diagnosis. If needed, this is confirmed using one or more of the following tests or procedures:
When surgery is done to remove cataracts the lens that was removed is replaced with an IOL that is positioned in the same place as the natural lens. The power of the lens is selected to create a focus at distance, intermediate distance or at near for reading. Various replacement lenses are available.