A cataract is a common condition that causes a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This painless loss of vision affects millions of people over the age of 65 each year. Cloudiness develops as a result of a buildup of protein in the lens causing a gradual reduction in vision.
Patients with cataracts often do not experience any symptoms when the condition first develops. However, upon progression of the cataract the patient may notice blurred or hazy vision, double vision, poor vision in bright light, difficulty driving especially at night, seeing halos around lights, yellowish vision or altered color vision and the patient will frequently feel the need to change his/her glasses or contact lenses.
If visual impairment begins to interfere with your ability to live life normally; which means difficulty reading, writing, doing computer work, cooking, driving (especially at night), then you may want to consider cataract surgery to restore your vision.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US, and can be performed quickly and easily with a success rate of 90 percent and a minimal risk of complications. If left untreated, cataracts will worsen over time and may lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness. It is important to see Dr. Galiani and Dr. Derham regularly in order to detect cataracts as early as possible and to plan an effective treatment method.