How Do Cataracts Affect Your Vision?

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 4-May-2012

grayladyCataracts - defined as a clouding of the lens portion of the eye - are a common eye condition causing vision loss, especially in older individuals. It is commonly thought that cataracts are a growth or film on the lens of the eye, when in fact, cataracts are a clouding of the focusing lens located behind the pupil.

Once cataracts begin to develop, it is not possible to reverse the cloudiness of the lens or to halt further development. Cataract surgery is the only way to restore vision that is lost due to cataracts. During surgery, the clouded lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens implant.

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What causes cataracts?

To see clearly, the lens of the eye must be clear so that light rays traveling through the pupil of the eye to the retina are not distorted. While cataracts are most common with age, even children can develop cataracts. Congenital or developmental cataracts in infants or children can be caused by birth defects, or appear without any cause. Disease, previous eye surgery, trauma to the eye and some medications can contribute to the development of cataracts in children and adults.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

As cataracts develop, they can affect your ability to see in several ways. Some common symptoms of cataracts include:

o Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs and freeway exits

o Difficulty seeing traffic lights, or seeing a halo or glare around lights

o Difficulty focusing while watching TV or movies

o Difficulty seeing faces clearly

o Difficulty writing and reading

o Difficulty playing games or sports

o Difficulty navigating around the house during normal daily activities

Click here to view a cataract simulator to see how cataracts might affect your vision.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, schedule a complete eye exam with your eye doctor. While many of these symptoms can be attributed to other eye conditions, it is important to see your doctor.

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