Cataracts make your vision appear as though you are looking through a frosted-up of fogged window. They can develop in one or both eyes. Cloudy vision can make it difficult to read or drive, especially at night. Cataracts generally develop slowly, do not cause pain or irritation and do not disturb your eyesight early on. As a cataract progresses you can become sensitive to light/glare or need brighter lights for reading or close activities. Eventually, as it develops, the cataract will eventually interfere with your vision.
Everyone is at risk of developing cataracts, simply because age is the greatest risk factor. Other risk factors include:
- Family history
- Previous eye injury or surgery
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids
- Excessive exposure to sun
- Exposure to ionizing radiation
You can reduce your risk by eating a balanced diet, wearing sunglasses and not smoking. Regular annual eye exams are the key to early cataract detection. Our doctors will watch your cataracts progress, recommend the right surgeon for cataract removal at the right time and aid in your post-operative cataract care.