Understanding Cataracts


 As summer approaches and you’re soaking up the sunshine, don’t forget to wear sunglasses. They will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Long term exposure to UV can have several effects on your eyes. One of which is cataracts. A cataract is clouding of the lens in the eye that affects the vision.

When the lens in the eye is clouded your vision becomes blurred. Cataracts are most common in elderly people, but some people can be born with them. By the age of 80 more than half of Americans either have cataracts or have had cataract surgery.

Wearing sunglasses is a great way to slow down the progression of cataracts. Blurred vision due to early cataracts may be treated with new eyeglasses and brighter lighting. If neither of these treatments help, it is time for cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a common procedure that removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. This allows you to see clearly again with minimal recovery time.