Inside the eye, there is a clear structure called the lens that focuses images on the retina. The lens is continuously growing and thickening since birth. With age, the lens becomes cloudy, and slowly causes blurry vision that is not correctable with glasses.
In the early stages of cataracts, vision may not be affected at all. Our doctors, however, can detect early formation. When the cataracts start to affect daily activities, surgery can be done to replace the natural lens with an artificial implanted lens. Often times, an individual’s prescription is put into the implant providing functional uncorrected distance vision.
Factors that can contribute to the formation of cataracts include ultraviolet rays, traumatic injury, systemic condition like diabetes, or specific medications like steroids. Wearing sunglasses can help delay the onset or slow down the progression of cataracts.