What are cataracts?


Cataracts are a degenerative condition that clouds the lenses of one or both of your eyes. It slowly develops as you get older and gradually impairs your vision. If you have cataracts, please visit Limberg Eye Surgery to see what treatment would be best for you.




Are there different types of cataracts?


There are four main types of cataracts: Nuclear cataracts – This causes nearsightedness and limits your ability to see different shades of color. Cortical cataracts – This causes opaque white areas or streaks around the edges of the lens. Posterior subcapsular cataracts – These form in the back of the lens and causes you to see halos in the light and limits your reading vision. Congenital cataracts – This is caused by an infection, genetics, or trauma and develops at birth or during childhood.




What are the symptoms related to cataracts?


Cloudy vision is the primary symptom you may experience. Cataracts are described as if you are looking through a frosted window. This can make it difficult for you to perform daily activities like reading and driving. This condition is mild at first. You may notice slight changes in your vision, but cataracts develop over time until it becomes more noticeable. Other symptoms include: Double or blurred vision Limited night vision Increased light and glare sensitivity Worsening eye prescription




What are some of the risk factors related to cataracts?


Aging is the primary risk factor for developing cataracts. Half the population in the U.S. will develop a cataract in one or both eyes by the time they are 65 years of age. Almost everybody will develop a cataract in one or both eyes by the time they are 75. Other risk factors include having certain medical conditions like diabetes, regularly drinking alcohol, smoking, and frequently being exposed to ultraviolet light. Cataracts is a condition that develops over many years. Making lifestyle changes now can help to delay your chances of getting cataracts.




How do you treat cataracts?


It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you have cataracts when the symptoms are mild. Lifestyle changes may delay your need for cataract surgery, but ultimately, you will need to have surgery. Limberg Eye Surgery provides surgery to patients with cataracts. They use the latest technology to safely and effectively remove the cataract from one or both eyes. One of our doctors will help you understand the surgical procedure that will help restore your vision.