As we get older the lens in our eyes that are normally clear develop a cloudy effect within'. This lens functions like a camera lens and when it starts to get cloudy our vision becomes blurry. Cataracts affects most of the common activities we do everyday and when left untreated, it can lead to vision loss.

 

Cataracts appear with age and as we age the lens in our eyes age as well. Although cataracts are commonly found in adults 60 and older, it isn't impossible for children to have Cataracts. Like newborns can be born with Cataracts as this is referred as a Congenital Cataract. 

 

Aging cannot be stopped but there are ways to slow the development of Cataracts. Some of the ways are: wearing UV Protected Sunglasses and eating anti-oxidant enriched foods.

 

With an annual Full Comprehensive Eye Exam, Cataracts can be diagnosed in its early stages, monitored and treated, or in other cases removed.  Learn more. 

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Symptoms

  • Blurry or hazy vision,

  • Difficult seeing at night,

  • Light sensitivity,

  • Seeing halos around lights,

  • Feels like there is a film layered over your eye but blinking does not help.

Risk Factors

  • 60 years of age and older.

  • UV Light exposure,

  • Inheritance/ Genetics,

  • Eye trauma,

  • Steroid medication.

Treatment

When diagnosed, Cataracts can be treated by a Glasses Prescription change to improve vision clarity. However, once the Cataracts are starting to interfere with your daily activities, the Optometrist will refer you to an Ophthalmologist who specializes in the removal of Cataracts.

Together the Optometrist will co-manage with the Ophthalmologist to monitor the clarity of your vision and recovery.

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