5 Common questions about cataracts

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25151992 - concept for confusion, question or solutionYou’ve probably heard of cataracts or cataract surgery, but maybe you’re not exactly sure what it is or who is at risk. We’re here to provide you with answers to help you better understand cataracts.

Who is at risk?

Age can play a big factor, people age 60 or older are typically at higher risk. However, it can develop in people 40-50 years old. Your risk level for developing a cataract will increase the older you get. If you have diabetes or encounter long periods of sunlight, these factors can also increase your risk. In addition, smoking and alcohol use can up your risk as well.

What causes cataracts?

The most common type is caused by aging. In fact, more than half of Americans aged 60 or above have cataracts.

The lens is mostly made of water and protein. This lens must remain clear in order to get a clear picture. As you age, the protein can clump together, interfering with vision.

What are the symptoms?

Cataracts come on gradually, so you may not experience immediate symptoms. As symptoms arise, you may notice cloudy or blurred vision, nighttime glare from headlights, sensitivity to light, difficulty reading fine print, or faded colors.

Should I be checked even if there are no symptoms?

If you’re at risk, then you should get checked. Because cataracts can start to form before you notice any symptoms. It’s important to have an exam periodically. An eye doctor can catch cataracts early on, before it starts to affect your vision.

What do I do if I have cataracts?

To fix cataracts, you can get cataract surgery to replace the lens. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. In fact, it’s an outpatient procedure. This normally only takes a few hours of your time and procedures are usually less than 15 minutes.

If you’re interested in being checked for cataracts or you’re looking into cataract surgery, please contact us at the Cataract and LASIK Center of Utah. We’re here to help you maintain clear vision.

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