Cataract Surgery

What is cataract?

Cataract is a common eye condition that occurs due to various reasons, but the main cause is age. The older a person gets the more cloudy the lens inside their eye becomes which can lead to a milky white color of the lens. The less transparent the lens becomes, the more it causes impaired vision and can lead to seeing a glare when looking at lights. The good news is that there is very effective treatment for this condition and that is cataract surgery followed by a lens replacement, known as an intraocular lens or IOL. If you notice any changes in your vision, especially if you are around age 60 or above, please schedule an appointment at our office, [mbv name="practice-name"], at [mbv name="token-practice-phone"] to check your eye health and to find out if you have cataracts.


At first, you may not notice any disturbances in your vision, but with time various symptoms can develop, including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare
  • Dull appearance of colors
  • Double vision

If you notice any of these symptoms or if daily tasks become difficult due to impaired vision, please schedule an appointment at [mbv name="practice-name"].

Types of Cataract

There are many types of cataract due to various causes such as age, systemic diseases or trauma to the eye. Also, the specific location of the cataract inside of your lens can determine which kind of cataract you may have. Some common kinds of this eye disease include:

Subcapsular Cataract

This type occurs in senior citizens and in people who take steroids for a long period of time. It is located at the back outer layer of the lens. It typically develops more quickly and causes complaints of glare.

Nuclear Cataract

This cataract is common amongst the older population. It is located in the center of the lens and causes a yellow hue which can turn more brown over time. Nuclear cataract can cause an interesting phenomenon which allows you to be able to have clearer near vision for a temporary period of time.

Cortical Cataract

The layer surrounding the nucleus is damaged in this type of cataract which causes a spoke-like appearance. This kind of cataract also typically causes glare and is found in senior citizens.

Congenital Cataract

Some people are born with cataracts or develop the condition in childhood. It could be caused for a number of reasons varying from genetics to trauma. Sometimes it does not affect vision, but if it does, it is usually removed soon after it is diagnosed.


Cataract usually begins as a very mild, and sometimes unnoticeable, condition. It is not usuall considered an emergency, however over time, cataract begins to affect daily functions and lifestyle and that is usually the indication that it is time to be treated. Thankfully cataract surgery is a very safe and effective procedure that removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens which provides clear vision.
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Cataract is a common eye condition which occurs with age. If you think you have cataract or you are experiencing any symptoms, such as blurry vision, please schedule an appointment at [mbv name="token-practice-phone"] and [mbv name="token-primary-doc-lastname"] will be happy to do a comprehensive eye exam and answer any of your questions or concerns.
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