What is a Cataract?

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Posted: March 10, 2020

Cataract definition | Toms RiverA cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens of your eye. It forms when proteins break down and stick together. A cataract can develop in one or both eyes, but it cannot pass between them.

Most cataracts are age-related. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, roughly half of all Americans have cataracts by age 75. You can also develop cataracts because of an eye injury, a medical condition such as diabetes, and other contributing factors.

At first, a cataract does not create noticeable symptoms and can only be detected during a comprehensive eye exam. As it grows, it can distort and block incoming light. This may lead to blurry vision and other changes such as:

  • Double vision or distortion
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Halos around lights
  • Frequent changes in your prescription
  • A steady loss of vision
  • Needed more light to read
  • Dull or yellow vision
  • Dim vision

There are ways to manage your cataract symptoms in the early stages. Getting a stronger prescription and using reading aids may help. However, cataract surgery is the only way to remove cataracts and restore clear vision.

Our eye care team recommends that patients consider cataract surgery when vision loss becomes significant enough to interfere with daily activities. During cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove the clouded lens using the CATALYS® Precision Laser System for optimal safety and predictability. Then, he will replace the lens with a premium artificial one known as an IOL.

It is incredibly important to address moderate to severe cataracts. Left untreated, cataracts can eventually cause blindness. In fact, they are a leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Schedule Your New Jersey Cataract Consultation

Contact Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates if you are interested in learning more about cataract diagnosis and treatment. Our skilled eye care team is here to help protect your vision.

Call 732-349-5622 today to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve Toms River, Brick, Manchester, Barnegat, Marlboro, and other areas throughout New Jersey.

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