Aug 03, 2017 12:00 AM

Eye problems are always scary. The eyes are a delicate organ and problems with your vision can affect your life in a dramatic way. Thankfully, there are a lot of treatments that can help you improve your eyesight. Cataracts can cause serious problems, but there is also a fairly simple treatment. 

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Blurred Vision

What Are Cataracts?

According to the National Eye Institute, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. The cataract is basically when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy can no longer focus light properly. Instead, it tends to scatter light, leading to the blurry vision that often people complain about with cataracts.

How Do Cataracts Form?

The lens, which is normally very clear, ages or undergoes certain changes that promote the development of a cataract. Proteins that are normally soluble and clear become insoluble and cloudy. The bottom line is the cloudiness, whether it comes from trauma, inflammation or just age related changes inhibits light from focusing on the retina and creates blurry vision.

What Can You do to Prevent Cataracts?

There are several things you can do to prevent cataracts. Most cataracts are age related cataracts and those age related cataracts often result from a variety of factors including: *Excessive UV or sunlight exposure *Certain medications, like steroids can promote the development of earlier cataracts *Trauma to the eye (direct blows to the eye, whether from sports or other hobbies)

Treatments for Cataracts

The great news is that cataracts are reversible. Doctors can actually take the cataract out, replace it with an artificial lens and restore vision. The quality of vision from cataract surgery is generally excellent, improving both clarity and color.

Surgical Risk?

Cataract surgery is outpatient surgery (a surgery that means you don’t have to stay in the hospital overnight) and most of the time the surgery is done under 30 minutes. Patients don't even have to be put to sleep and the recovery is very quick. Over 90% of patients are very happy after cataract surgery, and it has one of the lowest complication rate of surgeries performed.

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