The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky cataract surgeons at Tri-State Centers for Sight help thousands of people each year see better with cataract surgery. A cataract is a clouding of the human lens, causing a person’s vision to become clouded and blurred.
Cataracts rob people of seeing clearly, making it difficult to see a grandchild’s face, read signs while driving, or enjoy daily activities like reading, sewing, and watching T.V..
Cataracts can be safely treated by ultrasound and replacement with an intraocular lens (IOL), in a short outpatient procedure which rapidly restores bright, crisp vision. Our experienced Cincinnati, Tri-State ophthalmic cataract surgeons can help you regain clear vision, often times reducing or eliminating the need for glasses with the choice of our multifocal and toric, astigmatism-correcting premium intraocular lenses.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens inside your eye. Just as a lens inside a camera focuses light onto its film to produce a sharp image, the natural lens inside your eye focus light onto the retina to provide you with clear vision. However, if your lens has clouded in the event of developing into a cataract, your vision will be blurred because light can no longer fully pass to the retina.
Cataracts are usually a gradual aging process, but can occasionally develop rapidly. They commonly affect both eyes, but it is not uncommon for a cataract to advance more rapidly in one eye than in the other. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss among adults over the age of 55 in the United States. Nevertheless, even young adults and children can be diagnosed with cataracts.
How does a Cataract develop?
Precisely why a cataract develops in unknown, and a cataract can develop differently in each individual. However, a cataract most typically develops as a result of the natural aging process of the lens inside your eye. This means that essentially anyone can be affected by a cataract. A cataract can be diagnosed in its early stages, but it can take up to months or even years for it to reach the level where it begins to noticeably affect your vision.
Cataracts can also develop as a result from a traumatic eye injury or from a previous eye surgery. Certain medications, such as steroids, may also accelerate the development of a cataract. Cataracts can also be linked with people who have other health conditions, such as diabetes. Lastly, and least commonly, cataracts can present at birth or in early childhood as a result of genetic disease or congenital infections.
What are Common Symptoms of a Cataract?
Cataracts have often been equated to looking through a dirty windshield of a car. Not only does your vision become blurred, but it can also acquire a yellow or brown shade. Symptoms can vary from person to person depending on an individual’s standard for clear and comfortable vision. For example, a bus driver or a librarian who requires more acute vision may notice the effects of a cataract sooner than a stay at home retiree. When the symptoms of a cataract become more pronounced, you may notice that it becomes more difficult to perform your daily activities and to even enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Some symptoms of a cataract one may experience include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred and hazy vision that cannot be further corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses
- Difficulty reading small print
- Difficulty driving at night due to the glare of headlights of oncoming traffic
- Dulled color perception
- Difficulty seeing people’s faces, which is associated within the more advance stages of a cataract
- Doubled or imbalanced vision, which is usually noted when a cataract develops more aggressively in one eye than the other.
Tri-State Centers for Sight provides cataract services for patients in the Cincinnati, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Oxford Ohio, and Crestview Hills Kentucky areas and more.