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Cataracts are increasingly common as our population ages and lives longer. They’re the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 60 or older. In simplest terms, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s crystalline lens. A cataract can be relatively mild and cause limited visual impairment or can be significant or extreme and thus block the passage of light to the retina, causing severe vision problems. A cataract usually develops slowly and painlessly so that your vision can be affected without you realizing it.

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Symptoms

  • Painless blurring of vision
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Poor night vision
  • Difficulty reading in low light
  • Fading or yellowing of color
  • Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescription

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Treatment

Treatment of cataracts requires a quick, minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes your cloudy lens and replaces it with a new lens implant. There has been a rapid evolution in cataract treatment over the past few years. Cataract patients now have more lens options, convenient outpatient procedures and fast recoveries – often returning to their normal activities the following day.