Dr. Brad Wemhoener
A cataract is a cloudiness in the lens that rests inside the eye. The cloudiness can cause changes in prescription and in later stages, blurred and lost vision.
Cataracts are mostly present in older patients. As the lens inside the eye ages, the cells become disrupted and typically get cloudy and yellowish. Some patients get cataracts from other causes like medicine side effects and injury to the eye.
Most of the time, cataracts are not medically dangerous to the eye, but are difficult for patients because of the limits that they place on clear vision.
Fortunately, most patients that have cataracts can have surgery to remove the cloudy lens and have it replaced with an artificial, new, clear lens.
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