What Causes Cataracts?
By Dr. Mary Szatowski
June 23, 2014
Ever heard of the phrase—my brain’s a little foggy? This means a person is having trouble remembering something. Don’t you feel frustrated when this happens to you? Well, imagine what it would feel like to have “foggy” vision, not a mind. “Foggy” vision is the main symptom of a condition called cataract.
A cataract is defined as a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye.
The majority of cataracts cases are age related. However, this eye condition may also develop if the lens tissue is injured or affected by certain diseases, such as diabetes.
Do You Have Cataracts?
If you feel like something is wrong with your eyesight, keep a running list of symptoms. Foggy vision isn’t the only sign of cataracts that you can experience. Try keeping an eye for these as well:
- Double vision (single eye)
- Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light
- Seeing rings/”halos” around lights
- Eye sensitivity to lights
How Do You Treat Cataracts?
Over time, a cataract condition will usually get worse, making it more difficult to see. A change of glass prescription may help at first, but further professional treatment is needed to correct cataracts.
What is the next step to treating cataracts? It’s cataract surgery, which requires removing the cataract and replacing it with an intraocular lens. The step-by-step procedure goes as follows:
- A local anesthetic is applied on the eye (this numbs the area for surgery)
- The cataract is softened and removed by using an ultrasound device
- The cataract is replaced by an intraocular lens
Don’t let cataracts cloud your vision or judgment. Make the right decision by seeking professional care. If you live in the Chicago area or surrounding suburbs, feel free to schedule a consultation for cataract treatment at our office. Chicago residents can get their vision problem cleared up with the right eye care.