Closeup of a Cataract in an Eye

What is a Cataract?

More than 50% of people over age 60, and some younger, have cataracts. A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts interfere with light passing through to the retina. Because cataracts worsen over time, you may not notice gradual changes in vision.

Vision changes are like looking through a waterfall or wax paper.  As a result, daily tasks like reading and driving become more difficult. Symptoms may include:

How are Cataracts treated?

There is no treatment to reverse or prevent cataracts. To achieve clear vision, the cataract must be removed. When you reach the point that cataracts begin to interfere with your daily activities, you should discuss cataract surgery with your eye doctor.

Chart Illustrating the Cataract Surgery Process

What should I expect when having Cataract surgery?

During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) to achieve clear vision.  The procedure only takes a few minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis with local or “eye drop” anesthesia. Cataract surgery is a gentle, no-stitch procedure which is safe and effective.

If you notice sudden changes in your vision, or you are ready to discuss vision correction options, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. To schedule an appointment with a Discover Vision cataract specialist, click below or call 816.478.1230.

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