What Is a Cataract?
If the natural lens of one of your eyes becomes cloudy, you have a cataract. This clouding is caused by a build-up of proteins in the lens. Cataracts are very common and almost everybody over the age of 75 has one, and many younger people get them, too.
Could I Have a Cataract?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a cataract:
- Vision that appears foggy or blurry
- The appearance of halos around light sources
- Increased sensitivity to brightness and glare
- A change in your perception of colors (for instance, colors may look more muted than usual)
Are Cataracts Avoidable?
Cataracts are generally not avoidable. They usually occur as a natural result of aging, and even healthy people get them. However, you can reduce your risk of developing a cataract early in life by eating a nutrient-rich diet and by avoiding smoking.
Who Is at Risk for Getting a Cataract?
While cataracts can appear in anyone, people over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk for developing one. This is because cataracts generally develop slowly and become more severe over time.
Do I Need Surgery if I Have a Cataract?
Cataracts do not always cause severe symptoms. In fact, you can have a cataract for years without realizing it. If your cataract is not causing you problems in your day-to-day life, there’s no reason for surgical intervention.
What Can I Expect from Cataract Eye Surgery?
Cataract surgery is quick and involves minimal discomfort. It is the most common type of surgery performed in the U.S., and it is generally very safe for patients of all ages. You will not need general anesthesia for cataract surgery, Dr. Mary Coday will numb your eye with eye drops prior to the procedure. If you need to have a cataract surgically removed, plan to have someone else drive you to and from the surgery center.
Talk to Our Eye Care Professionals about Whether or Not Cataract Surgery Is Right for You
If you're tired of feeling like you're looking through a cloud, you have options right here in Bellevue. Our experienced optometry and ophthalmology team at Overlake EyeCare can help you decide whether surgery is a good option for you. If you'd like to make an appointment or learn more about our services, you can reach our clinic by phone at (425) 643-2020.