A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. The development of a cataract is quite common with aging. Symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision at distance and/or near, glare, light sensitivity and possibly double vision. Patients may experience difficulty driving especially at night, bright sunlight or in poor weather conditions. The cataracts cause haziness in the vision and fading of colors and grow over time. Sometimes the development of a cataract may cause frequent changes in the glasses prescription.
Cataracts Develop at Different Rates
The early stages of cataract development may be asymptomatic. Most people develop a cataract as they age. A cataract is usually slow growing. Some diseases such as poorly controlled diabetes, trauma and long term systemic steroid use can sometimes make a cataract grow faster and sometimes at a younger age. It may be several years from when a cataract is diagnosed to when cataract surgery is required to restore the vision.
As the cataract grows, you may notice symptoms of blurry and deteriorating vision. A patient usually develops a cataract in both eyes but they may be worse in one eye compared to the other. A complete eye examination with dilation is required to diagnose a cataract and to check for other eye diseases that could also be causing blurry vision. If the cataract is the primary cause of the blurry vision, cataract surgery can be performed to improve the vision. Cataract surgery is performed one eye at a time.
Best Technology for Cataract Surgery
As board certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Stanley Grandon and I are exceptionally talented at providing cataract surgery. We utilize leading technology to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant. There are several options on the choice of an implant. Cataract surgery is a painless outpatient procedure that quickly restores vision. Patients can get back to their normal daily life quite quickly.