Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes clouded. This is caused by proteins in the lens becoming clumped. This clump of proteins can grow over time, causing gradual, decreased vision. Read below for more on this condition:
Cataracts symptoms range from blurred vision to a sudden (and temporary) improvement in near vision. For an individual with advanced cataracts, objects appear as if they are being looked at through a fogged-up window.
Treatment for cataracts starts with eyeglasses and stronger lighting, but as the disease progresses cataract surgery that involves cataract removal may be necessary. Luckily, this surgery is effective and safe. The procedure is simply removal of the clouded lens, which is replaced with a plastic intraocular lens.
Resources on Cataracts
- All About Vision Guide to Cataracts
- National Eye Institute’s Facts About Cataracts
- National Institute of Health Cataract Symptoms
- Mayo Clinic’s Cataract Definition
- WebMd Cataracts and your Eyes
- MedicineNet Cataracts: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
- American Optometric Association Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataracts
- Laser Cataract Surgery
- Cataract Videos
- Free Cataract Downloadable Guide