WHAT ARE CATARACTS?
A cataract is the development of cloudiness of the natural lens of the eye. Much like the lens of camera, our eye focuses light toward the back of the eye, onto the retina. Our eye’s lens also works to adjust the focus of the eye, allowing us to see both near and far.
When cloudiness begins to form on the lens of our eye, our vision becomes slightly impaired. Our eye’s lens consists of mostly protein and water – throughout the aging process, the protein may begin to clump, causing cloudiness of the lens and making it difficult to see clearly. With age, many people develop cataracts, but may not be aware until the cloudiness begins to affect their vision. Cataracts may form in both eyes or just one at a time.
Surgery is not typically required in the early development of cataracts; in fact treatment can merely include new glasses, magnifiers or additional aids. Over time, as the cataract continues to develop in opacity, surgery will be needed.
Williamson Eye Center is happy to take a look if you believe you or a loved one is suffering from the onset of cataracts. Cataract diagnosis requires nothing more than a routine eye exam and we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to leave you seeing clearly!