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Cataracts

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a common disorder of the eye that is characterized by a clouding of the natural lens inside of your eye. Cataracts can occur in either one or both eyes. This clouding of the lens leads to blurry vision. Without treatment, the cataracts may progress and cause difficulty with activities such as reading, watching television, and driving.

How do I know if I have a cataract?

You may have a cataract if you are experiencing:

  • blurry or hazy vision
  • colors that appear faded
  • difficulty with night time driving due to glare
  • difficulty with watching television
  • difficulty with reading or using your computer

Treatment

There are no eye drops or oral medications that reverse the vision loss caused by cataracts. The only effective and permanent treatment for cataracts is surgical removal of the cataract. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States.