What Is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye that most commonly occurs with aging. The lens of the eye is made of mostly water and protein. Cataracts form from a buildup of this protein that makes the lens cloudy and prevents light from passing through it. Other less frequent causes of cataract development include smoking, alcohol use, diabetes, eye injury, radiation, certain medications, and exposure to toxins.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
- Blurred, cloudy, fuzzy, or filmy vision
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight and glare
- Difficultly seeing or driving at night
- Seeing halos around lights
- Changes in color vision, especially distinguishing between blues and purples
- Temporary improvement in near vision
Cataract Treatment Options:
- Laser cataract surgery
- Astigmatism-correcting intraocular lenses
- Presbyopia near vision correcting multifocal or trifocal intraocular lenses
- Monofocal intraocular lens to correct distance vision prescription
Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States. This short outpatient procedure involves removing the clouded lens in the eye and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens made of clear plastic. You will typically receive topical anesthesia with drops and IV anesthesia for sedation. You do not require stitches and can go home without an eye patch.
Eye Doctor in Lanham, MD
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of cataracts, come to Moshedi Eye Center in Lanham, Maryland, for a comprehensive eye exam and cataract screening. It’s important to take action before your vision is compromised. Call us at (301) 552-5000.