What is a Cataract? - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

What is a Cataract?

Cataract can be a serious problem. Since they grow slowly, many people think that their vision is just getting worse because of age, and they fail to get the cataracts treated correctly. A Cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens in the front of the eye. Cataracts affect vision because the cloudy formations dissipate light entering the eye so that it is not focused correctly onto the retina (the back of the eye). There is no pain associated with the condition. While some may not be very serious, others can strongly impact your vision.

A cataract can be the reason sharp images become blurred, bright colors become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why the reading glasses or bifocals that used to help you read or do other simple tasks no longer seem to help. Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life through old, cloudy film.

Losing your vision can be a very difficult experience. Although it may not seem like a big deal when the cataract is small, but your enjoyment of life can be seriously diminished with cataracts. People suffering from serious cataracts may not be able to drive at night and may need assistance with even normal day-to-day tasks.

Neither diet nor lasers will make a cataract go away. Fortunately, technology has advanced over the years and cataract surgery is now one of the most successful procedures done in the world. The procedure consists of removing the old clouded lens and replacing it with a new artificial one that will restore your vision, and if you opt to upgrade to a multifocal or astigmatism implant you can reduce your need for eyeglasses or contacts for all distances, and in many ways, significantly improve your quality of life.

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