Normal Eye & Eye with Cataract

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts refer to the clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which is typically clear and transparent. The lens plays a crucial role in focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eye, allowing us to see sharp and clear images. When cataracts develop, they cause the lens to become cloudy, leading to blurry vision and other visual impairment. Normally you cannot see a cataract with the naked eye.

Cataracts usually develop slowly over time, gradually affecting vision.

Common Symptoms

* Blurred vision: Objects may appear hazy or cloudy, making it difficult to see details, especially when reading.

* Sensitivity to light: Bright lights may cause glare or halos around objects.

* Difficulty with night vision: Vision may be more impaired in low-light conditions.

* Fading or yellowing of colors: Colors may appear less vibrant or have a yellowish tinge.

* Double vision: Images may appear doubled in one eye.


Cataracts are primarily caused by age-related changes in the lens proteins.

Other Common Causes

* Aging: The natural aging process increases the risk of cataracts.

* Prolonged sun exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can accelerate cataract formation.

* Smoking: Cigarette smoke and other toxins increase the risk.

* Diabetes: People with diabetes are more prone to developing cataracts.

* Eye injuries or inflammation: Previous eye trauma or inflammation can increase the risk.

* Certain medications: Long-term use of steroids or other medications can contribute to cataract formation.

Your Cataract will be Replaced by a Clear Lens


Treatment for Cataracts

The treatment for cataracts is usually surgical intervention. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to restore clear vision. It is a safe and commonly performed procedure. In some cases, if cataracts are not significantly affecting vision, lifestyle changes such as using brighter lighting, wearing anti-glare sunglasses, or using magnifying lenses may be helpful.

If you suspect you have cataracts or are experiencing changes in your vision, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. They can assess your condition, determine the severity of the cataracts, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

At Moody Eyes we will determine if you have cataracts. If they need removal, we will recommend a great surgeon for you.


Think You Might Have Cataracts?

If you suspect you have cataracts or are experiencing vision changes or blurriness, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.

At Moody Eyes we are fully equipped to examine your eyes, determine  if cataracts are the problem, and help you get the eye care you need. We know several cataract surgeons we recommend.

Click on the link to schedule your eye exam today.