Cataract FAQ

What is a cataract?

A cataract occurs when the lens behind the pupil – the focusing lens – becomes cloudy. It is not a growth or film. Cataracts can affect a patient’s ability to see and even perform simple tasks.

How do I know if I have a cataract?

Symptoms that you may have a cataract including trouble with activities you used to complete without difficulty, even with the best glasses such as:

  • Driving at night
  • Watching movies / or TV
  • Reading your computer screen or smart phone messages
  • Seeing traffic lights, freeway exists, highway signs or street curbs
  • Completing projects such as writing, sewing, crossword puzzles, sports, reading, and car repair
  • Identifying faces
  • Seeing true vivid colors

If you experience any combination of these symptoms, it is a good idea to schedule a consultation with a doctor from Key-Whitman Eye Center.

Can a cataract be reversed or cleared?

Cataracts can not be reversed. The only way to recover full eyesight is cataract surgery: removing the natural, clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.

How do cataracts form?

Cataracts occur as people age. Exacerbating factors can include smoking, trauma, diabetes, exposure to ultraviolet light, and steroid use.


Will I need to wear glasses / contacts after my surgery?

Some patients do not need to wear glasses or contacts as a result of selecting Custom High Technology Lenses. Depending on your situation, you may not need prescription lenses or you will be able to live less dependent on glasses or contacts after cataract surgery. Learn more about the Custom High technology lenses and laser cataract surgery at Key-Whitman Eye Center.


What do I need to know about capsular haze?

Post cataract capsular haze is a condition most cataract surgery patients experience either within months or years of their procedure. Capsular haze is easily corrected in a fast, pain-free, and typically one-time YAG laser procedure. If you notice that you are struggling with blurred vision after undergoing cataract surgery, you should speak to your Key-Whitman eye doctor immediately.
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