A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye.
Common symptoms of cataract include:
- a painless blurring of vision
- glare, or light sensitivity
- poor night vision
- halos around lights
- double vision in one eye
- needing brighter light to read
- difficulty with small print
- fading or yellowing of colors
Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts.
By performing a thorough eye examination, your ophthalmologist can detect the presence of a cataract. A careful evaluation will also rule out any other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or other eye problems.
Over 1.4 million people have cataract surgery each year in the United States, and more than 95% of those surgeries are performed with no complications. During cataract surgery, which is usually performed under local or topical anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye and a new lens is placed in the eye.