The most common cause of vision loss in adults over 40, cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans each year. Dr. Kim Burrell of Centennial Eye & Cosmetic Associates in Aurora, Colorado, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who provides expert surgical cataract treatment, achieving a high success rate in restoring vision. Dr. Burrell consults with you to determine how your specific condition affects your vision and quality of life to determine if cataract surgery is the best course of action. To learn more, call or schedule a consultation using the online system.
Cataracts Q & A
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are a cloudy shroud before the lens of your eye, which is normally clear. Men and women with cataracts often feel like they are looking through a foggy window. Cataracts sometimes make it hard for you to read, drive either day or night, or even recognize facial expressions. Cataracts usually develop over time and are more common in older adults.
The only way to completely correct cataracts is through surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is safe and offers a high success rate for restoring clear vision.
What are common symptoms of cataracts?
Any of these signs may be an indication that you have cataracts:
- Cloudy or blurred vision
- Fading, or dimming colors
- Sensitivity to bright lights and glare
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Needing brighter light to read
- Frequently changing vision prescription
- Halos around lights
- Double vision
Since cataracts form over time, you may not notice a change in your vision, at first. But, as cataracts get larger, they cloud more of the lens in your eye and distort light as it passes through. When this happens, your vision usually gets worse.
What causes cataracts?
As you age, the lenses in your eyes become thicker, less flexible, and less transparent. Along with age, medical conditions can also cause lens tissue to break down and clump together. This is what causes the cloudiness in your vision.
If the cataract continues to grow, the cloudiness becomes denser and takes up more space within your lens. It prevents light from passing through the lenses in your eyes, so you can no longer see sharply defined images. Cataracts occur in different ways such as:
- Nuclear cataracts that affect the center of your lens
- Cortical cataracts that affect the edges of your lens
- Posterior subcapsular cataracts affect the back of your lens
Since surgery is the only way to permanently correct cataracts, Dr. Burrell carefully examines your eyes and discusses the extent of vision loss. Together, you determine if cataract surgery is the best way to restore your vision.
If you experience blurred vision or any of the other symptoms that accompany cataracts, call or schedule an appointment with Centennial Eye & Cosmetic Associates using the online system.