What is a Cataract?
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is diagnosed when there is a clouding or discoloration that takes place within the originally clear natural lens of the eye. This clouding progresses as you age until it begins to block out the passage of light through the lens, which results in a gradual loss of vision.
Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. Our lenses are made out of protein and water, and are naturally susceptible to clouding. Studies show that almost every American over the age of 65 has begun to develop some cataract formation.
Signs and symptoms of cataracts
Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over time. In the early stages, you might not even be aware that you are developing a cataract. Eventually, as the years pass, the lens will become cloudy enough that it prevents light from passing through, causing blurred vision.
Common symptoms of a cataract include:
- Cloudy, blurry, or foggy vision.
- Changes in color perception
- Double vision or seeing multiple images
- Problems with night vision
- Seeing glare or halos around lights, especially at night
How is a Cataract Diagnosed?
During you Advanced Vision Analysis, Dr. Boghossian will use special non-invasive diagnosis scans to will determine if a cataract is what’s causing your vision impairment, and by how much. If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from cataracts, please contact our office for an evaluation. We’ll diagnose the cataract, and educate you on all the treatment options available that will have you seeing clearly once again.
How is a Cataract Treated?
Once the onset of cataracts begins to take its toll on your vision, there are several options that can help you manage your daily tasks. New prescriptions, powerful magnifiers, appropriate lighting conditions and other aids can provide many people with adequate vision for quite a while.
However, cataract surgery, the removal and replacement of the cloudy human lens, is the only way to restore your vision.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedure performed in the world.
If you suspect that you might have cataracts, make a appointment to see Dr. Boghossian to learn about your options.