What are Cataracts?

A cataract refers to the clouding of the eye’s lens.  The eye works in a similar way to a camera. When the lens is clear, light passes through and is received on the Retina. However, the lens sometimes become cloudy as we age. The Cataract, or cloudy lens, blocks the light that passes through the eye and causes distorted or blurred vision, glare, or not be able to see very well when lighting conditions are poor.

As cataracts form, activities such as driving, reading, sports or hobbies can become difficult. Fortunately, with most cataract surgeries, vision can be restored quickly, allowing you to return home within several hours.  New advances in cataract surgery have made it possible to have almost immediate vision improvement.

Did you know that cataract surgery is the most common operation in the world? About 3 million cataract surgeries are performed annually in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institute of Health also reports there are approximately 21 million Americans between the ages of 40 and 65 that show early signs of cataracts. Half of the American population over 65 have developed significant cataracts.

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