Cataract Management

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Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. The lens bends light rays that come into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear. A cataract is when your eye's natural lens becomes cloudy. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract.

Signs of a cataract include:

What Causes Cataracts?

Aging is the most common cause. This is due to normal eye changes that begin to happen after age 40. That is when normal proteins in the lens start to break down. This is what causes the lens to get cloudy. People over age 60 usually start to have some clouding of their lenses. 

 

Other reasons you may get cataracts include:

Ways to slow progression of cataracts

  • Have an eye exam every year if you're older than 60

  • Protect your eyes from UV light by wearing sunglasses

  • Quit smoking

  • Use brighter lights for reading and other activities. A magnifying glass may be useful, too

  • Limit driving at night once night visionhalos or glare become problems

  • Take care of any other health problems, especially diabetes

  • Get the right eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision

  • When it becomes difficult to complete your regular activities, consider cataract surgery

To evaluate for cataracts, or if you're already diagnosed with cataracts and need further maintenance and management, the eye doctors at Site to See in Windermere, Florida, can help you determine the progression of your cataract growth year to year with an annual comprehensive eye examination.