Cataracts are Common, but Highly Treatable
Cataracts can cause significant visual impairment, but you don’t have to live with the symptoms. Treating your cataracts is easy, safe, and will significantly improve your quality of life.
Just as the lenses in a pair of glasses can get smudged or pick up fingerprints, the lenses in our eyes can become cloudy as we get older. This happens when the proteins that make up the lenses in our eyes slowly congeal into clumps, causing common cataract symptoms like blurry vision, sensitivity to bright light, and difficulty reading.
Cataracts are a common, entirely normal part of aging. Though younger adults can develop cataracts — especially those who’ve experienced a serious eye injury or who have certain medical conditions like diabetes — older adults are far more likely to develop them. Consider this:
- According to some estimates, more than 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40 currently have cataracts.
- Over 90 percent of people in the U.S. will develop cataracts by the time they’re 65.
- By age 80, more than 50 percent of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had surgery to remove one.
The good news is that we can treat cataracts quickly, safely, and effectively, enabling you to get back to seeing clearly and living your life to the fullest.
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Types of Cataracts
There are actually several different types of cataracts: nuclear, cortical, and posterior subcapsular.
- Nuclear cataracts form in the center of the lens and gradually turn it brown.
- Cortical cataracts start at the edges of the lens and slowly move inward.
- Posterior subcapsular cataracts develop on the back of the lens.
While most cataracts develop gradually — some people don’t even realize they have them until they can’t see clearly or differentiate distinct colors at night — posterior subcapsular cataracts tend to advance quite quickly. These cataracts are also the cause of the most common symptoms of cataracts: glare from bright lights and halos around lights at night. That said, all three types of cataracts can make your vision blurrier and impede your ability to go about your day.
If you find that cataracts are compromising your quality of life, you may want to consider cataract surgery, a common procedure that is performed nearly four million times each year in the U.S. alone.
Replacing a lens that is clouded by a cataract is a safe, quick, and effective surgical procedure. The clouded lens comes out, an artificial lens goes in, and your vision becomes clearer — all in under 20 minutes.
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