A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye. When we are born, the lenses inside our eyes are typically clear. Clear lenses allow light to pass through the eye and focus on the retina. However, as we age, the lens naturally becomes less clear. The cloudy eye, or cataract, blocks the passage of light through the eye and cause distorted or blurred vision. Other symptoms of cataracts include increased glare or halos around lights (especially at night) and increased difficulty seeing in poor lighting conditions.
When cataracts develop to the point that they are affecting daily life, our doctors will recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the world and over 2.5 million procedures are performed annually in the United States alone. Cataracts typically start to form in individuals age 50 and over. By age 65, nearly half of all people have developed significant cataracts that affect their vision.