A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens in the front of the eye. There is no pain associated with the condition but the usual symptoms or complaint include:
- Sensitivity to glare
- A feeling of “film” over the eye(s)
- Blurred/hazy vision
- Spots in front of the eye(s)
Most people develop cataracts simply as a result of aging, with the majority of cases occurring in people over the age of 55. Other risk factors that may accerate the condition includes significant UV exposure, smoking, use of certain medications, or a history of an eye injury in the past.
Cataracts continue to thicken over time and when the vision becomes significantly affected by cataracts when glasses can no longer improve, lens replacement surgery may be recommended. During cataract replacement, the most common surgical procedure in the country, the lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one called an intraocular lens or IOL. Some of the lens implant options includes ReZoom™, ReSTOR™, and Crystalens™.