A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed.

The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.

There are many misconceptions about cataract. A cataract is not caused by overusing the eyes, a film over the eye, spread from eye to the other, or irreversible.

The most common cause of cataracts include: natural aging changes of the eye; family history; diabetes; eye injury; certain medications, especially steroids; adn long-term sunlight exposure.

There are many symptoms of cataracts: blurry vision; light sensitivity; a need for brighter light to read; fading of colors; and difficulty with night driving.

A careful evaluation with your ophthalmologist can rule out other causes, besides cataracts, of blurry vision or other eye problems.

When activities of daily living are affected then cataracts should be considered. Cataract surgery can be preformed when ever your visual needs require it.

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye and replaced with a permanent intraocular lens implant. Cataract surgery is preformed in an outpatient setting under local or topical anesthesia. Your ophthalmologist preforms this procedure using a microscope and instruments made specifically for eye surgery.

After your surgery, you will need to use eyedrops as directed by your surgeon. You will have several appointments with your opthalmologist during the healing process to ensure that your eye is healing properly.

Feel free to contact Fry Eye Associates with any further questions.