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What is A Cataract?

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A cataract is a "clouding" of the eye's natural lens, which results in blurred or defocused vision. People with cataracts may also have glare and color differentiation issues.

Cataracts are typically an age-related condition, but many other factors can play a role in cataract development:

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  • Diabetes
  • Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Smoking
  • Eye injuries
  • Genetic factors (a parent or grandparent who had cataracts)

Symptoms of cataracts can vary but may include:

  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Colors appear faded or dull
  • Lamps such as headlights or streetlights have glare or halos; sunlight may appear too bright
  • Poor night vision
  • Double or multiple vision in one eye
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses

 

Important Note: These symptoms can indicate other eye problems that may also result in blindness if left untreated. If you have any of these symptoms, request an appointment with Mid Ohio Eye immediately for a complete eye examination.