If you experience blurred vision, double vision, or feel like you have a “film” over your eyes, it’s possible that you have cataracts. This eye condition is not something you should ignore! Allow us to answer frequently asked questions about cataracts.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. When this lens is cloudy, it disrupts the passage of light through the eye. Without a clear passageway, the image that your brain is trying to form for your eye will be distorted (blurry, doubled, etc.).
Can cataracts cause blindness?
Yes, cataracts can cause blindness. For people in their senior years, cataracts are a leading cause of blindness! However, cataract surgery can successfully restore a person’s vision.
Can lifestyle habits lead to cataracts?
Unhealthy lifestyle habits can contribute to the formation of cataracts; however, there is not a specific cause of cataracts that has been identified. For optimal eye health, steer clear of tobacco and nicotine products, always wear polarized sunglasses when outside, and protect your eyes with eyewear when performing dangerous activities.
Are there different types of cataracts?
There are four types of cataracts: age-related, congenital, traumatic, and secondary. Discover the details:
- Age-related cataracts occurs when a person gets older, usually after someone’s 40th
- Congenital cataracts are normally diagnosed at birth and occur while the eyes were forming in the womb.
- Traumatic cataracts are related to eye damage such as a cut, chemicals, or a hard blow.
- Secondary cataracts are caused by eye infections or diseases such as diabetes.
Contemplating Cataract Surgery? We Can Help.
The Eyesight Associates’ doctors have extensive experience performing cataract surgery, resulting in better vision for our patients! If you have a cataract or need an eye exam to determine what condition you’re suffering from, don’t hesitate to call us: 478-923-5872.