Cataracts are an age-related degeneration of the eye’s lens. It’s a common problem, affecting many people over age 60, in which protein deposits begin to cloud the surface of the lens. The lens of the eye is what focuses light onto the retina, allowing us to see clearly. If the lens is fogged, then the images we perceive will be blurry and out-of-focus. In addition, you may experience a brownish or yellowish tinge to your vision that affects your ability to see color.
Although most individuals who experience cataracts are in their 60s or older, younger people have been known to get cataracts as well. Cataracts are a common symptom in smokers, diabetics, or those who have experienced prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Fortunately, cataracts are both treatable and well-understood. Cataract treatment has been recorded as early as 500 BCE, and our surgical techniques have improved greatly since then. Modern techniques make cataract removal fast, easy, and painless.
If you suspect that you’re experiencing cataracts, make an appointment at Erie Eye Clinic today! Our understanding staff will get you an appointment as soon as possible in order to diagnose and treat your condition.