What are cataracts?

It is estimated that over 20 million Americans over age 40 are affected by cataracts and by age 80 more than half of all Americans have this vision condition. Cataracts occur when the naturally clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy, yellow or opaque due to a build-up of natural proteins. Most cataracts develop slowly and are not associated with any physical discomfort. However, your vision will gradually become worse as the cataract continues to grow. There are 3.5 million cataract surgeries performed each year in the United States, and this number is increasing as the Baby Boomer population comes of age.

CAUSES OF CATARACTS

  • Natural aging process
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Genetic disorder
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Long-term steroid use

SYMPTOMS OF CATARACTS

  • Cloudy vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Appearance of halos around lights at night
  • Light sensitivity
  • Faded or dull colors
  • Double vision

 

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