A cataract is created when the cells in the lens of the eye die and become trapped in the capsule containing the lens, resulting in a cloudy appearance. Some patients compare cataracts to looking through a window clouded by steam. Cataracts can result from aging, eye injuries, diabetes, genetics, or medications with steroids, smoking, or habitual unprotected exposure to UV-A and UV-B rays.
- Cataracts are one of the most curable forms of vision loss.
- The average age for the development of cataracts is 73-75.
- More than half of Americans will develop cataracts by the age of 80.
- Cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the U.S.
Cataract symptoms include, but are not limited to the following:
- Dulled color vision
- Cloudy vision
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty with glare
- Frequent changes to eye prescription
The actual cataract is not significant, it’s the loss of vision associated with it. The treatment of cataracts is performed through a simple outpatient surgery, which means there is no overnight stay at a hospital. In the surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
Wayne Anliker, MD
The Eye Doctors
Manhattan, KS 66503
William Witt, MD
Witt Eye Center
1133 College Ave.
Manhattan, KS. 66502