What is It?
If you have cataracts, you’re not alone. An estimated one in five people over the age of 55 has cataracts. A cataract is the clouding of the lens inside your eye. This lens is in charge of 20% of the eye’s focusing power and it works together with the cornea (the front of the eye) to reflect light to the retina (the back of the eye). The crystalline lens in your eye is made out of water and protein particles. With time, these components make the crystalline lens become very stiff and yellow, preventing light from properly reaching the back of the eye.
How Cataracts Affect Your Vision
Over time, cataracts can cause a distorted or dim image. Eventually, the clouded area of your lens can become larger and thicker making your vision even more blurred and foggy. Some say it’s like looking through a frosted glass window or trying to see through the dirty windshield of a car.
Over time, you might also experience these additional symptoms:
- Seeing spots
- Noticing haloes around bright lights
- Being unable to see as well in sunshine or bright light
- Washed-out or faded colour vision
- Being easily dazzled by oncoming headlights while driving
- Vision becoming increasingly worse over time, to the point that it cannot be corrected by glasses
How Can Treatment Help?
Your Image Plus surgeon can safely remove the cataract, restoring clearer, sharper vision.