A cataract is a clouding of your eye’s normally clear lens. This clouding of the natural lens can keep light and images from reaching the retina. A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, appear discolored, dull or distorted, or glare at night. It may also be the reason that your glasses no longer seem to work for you and changing your glasses does not help.

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Common symptoms of cataracts

  • A painless blurring of vision
  • Glare or light sensitivity
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Needing brighter light to read
  • Fading or yellowing of color

What causes cataracts?

  • Natural aging process of the eye
  • Family history
  • Medical problems such as diabetes
  • Injury or trauma to the eye
  • Medications such as steroids
  • Long-term unprotected sun exposure to sunlight
  • Previous eye surgery

How is a cataract treated?

During cataract surgery, the cataract specialists at Albemarle Eye Center remove the cloudy natural lens from the eye. After that, in most cases a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) implant replaces the natural lens to restore focusing power. The exciting news is that we offer the most advanced technology intraocular lenses (ATIOLS) which further enhance post-operative visual outcomes.