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Cataracts a Common and Reversible Cause of Vision Loss

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Cataract Definition

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.

Development

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.

Cataract Symptoms

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.

Cataract Risk Factors

Aging is the primary risk factor in the development of cataracts, but other risk factors can speed the process.

These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids
  • Smoking
  • Previous eye injury
  • Eye inflammation
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight/UVB rays