Cataracts a Common and Reversible Cause of Vision Loss
Behler Eye and Laser Center has over 25 years of experience; Specializing in cataract surgery, Dr. Behler utilizes the the most advanced surgical techniques requiring neither needles or stitches.
Cataracts – the gradual clouding of the eye’s natural lens – are a normal part of the aging process, and are the leading cause of reversible vision loss in adults.
If you’re over age 65, there’s an almost 50 percent chance that you’re developing cataracts; if you’ve reached the age of 75, there’s a 70 percent chance that this clouding is significant enough to have a noticeable effect on your vision.
The lens in each eye acts much like the lens of a camera, focusing the light that enters the eye so it forms a sharp image on the retina (the light sensitive membrane lining the back of the eye that sends signals to the optic nerve).
As a cataract develops, the clear lens can darken and become cloudy, just as a piece of clear plastic does when exposed to the elements. When this happens, light passing through the lens is scattered and no longer forms a sharp image on the retina.
The symptoms of cataracts vary among patients and can include:
Painless blurring of vision
Increased sensitivity to light
Appearance of halos around bright sources of light like street lights or the headlights of oncoming cars
Reduced night vision
Need for bright light when reading
Darkening or yellowing of colors
Double vision in one eye or both eyes
Many people experiencing the vision-related problems of cataracts feel that their eyeglasses need more frequent cleaning or that they need a stronger eyeglass prescription.
Aging is the primary risk factor in the development of cataracts, but other risk factors can speed the process.
Prolonged use of corticosteroids
Previous eye injury
Previous eye surgery
Excessive exposure to sunlight/UVB rays
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