What Are Cataracts?

The eye’s natural lens is responsible for focusing light on the retina. As the light reaches the retina a signal is sent to the brain for images to be generated.

A cataract forms when a cloudiness builds on your natural lens, blocking light from reaching the retina which will not send the appropriate signal to the brain.

Cataracts typically affect people age 40 and older. They develop slowly and are often undetected until they begin to impair vision.

 

Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurry, hazy vision
  • Colors do not appear as crisp or clear as they once did
  • Glare from sunlight or lamps

Cataracts diminish your vision so you can never fully see an image properly. The effect of the cataract depends on its placement and size; some may have very little effect whereas others may cause you not to be able to see out of one eye.

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Types of Cataracts

  1. Cortical Cataract – Cataract forms in the cortex of the lens. It moves from the outside in to the center.
  2. Subcapsular Cataract – Cataract forms at the back of the lens.
  3. Nuclear Cataract – Cataract forms in the center of the lens.

Causes of Cataracts

Many doctors believe that all eyes will eventually develop a cataract. Cataracts can be caused by any number of reasons, including:

  • Age of the eye / getting older
  • Eye diseases
  • Diseases and medications
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Birth defects
  • Cigarette smoking

Your experience will vary depending on the type of cataract that is developing in your eye. Some people may notice that their vision is starting to blur, others may experience sharper vision before their vision begins to worsen.

Learn More About Cataracts

If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts in Colorado Springs, contact us today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.