What are cataracts?

Cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss for those over the age of forty. Though the condition (a film over the eye’s natural lens that clouds vision) is associated with aging it can be caused by sun damage from UV rays, medication such as high doses of steroid medication used to treat many conditions, and diseases such as diabetes. The most common risk factors for developing cataracts are:

  1. Aging
  2. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation
  3. Diabetes
  4. Smoking
  5. Eye injury & inflammation
  6. Prolonged use of corticosteroid medication

If you have one or more of these risk factors and notice a change in your night vision or how light affects your eye and/or are experiencing blurred vision, contact our office to determine if you have cataracts and if you require surgery to have them removed.

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