A Closer Look At Cataracts

A Closer Look At Cataracts

The most basic description of cataracts is a condition where the lens of the eye becomes clouded. This cloudiness develops over time and eventually limits the amount of total light that passes through the lens to the retina. The most obvious result of this condition is impaired vision. In some patients a cataract condition may go unnoticed for a period of time because the cataract itself may be so small that is goes undetected. The most commonly reported symptom associated with cataracts is that it is similar to looking through a foggy or smoky window.

The Natural Aging Process

In most cases cataracts develop as a part of the natural aging process. As dead lens cells shed over time they tend to accumulate in the lens where they produce the atypical cataract symptoms. Further, as new eye lens cells grow, the older cells are continually pushed towards the center of the lens, causing the classic cataract. Unlike other types of eye conditions, cataracts require surgery as the only viable solution to correcting the condition. The surgery is a very routine procedure and has an extremely high success rate.

Cataracts Are Treatable

Cortical cataracts form in the lens cortex, the area on the outer edge of the eye’s lens. The condition is indicative of variations in the water content within the fibers of the lens. The growth of this particular cataract is radial in nature and produces a look similar to spokes in a wheel. Because cataracts are treatable and generally not a threat to long term eye sight there is no major threat to overall health. However, eye patients should have an annual eye exam to ensure early detection of the condition. Eye clinics see people on a daily basis with this condition.

What Is Causing The Changes In Eyesight

There are many signs that may indicate a cataract is forming in the eye. For example, sunlight may appear to be glaring or too bright. In addition colors may not be as bright as they once were. Headlights of oncoming cars could seem blurry or foggy. Anyone that experiences these symptoms should schedule an eye exam to determine what is causing these changes in eyesight. Other conditions can increase the risk of contracting cataracts. Diabetes and obesity are just two examples of conditions that can also contribute to the development of cataracts. Contact Arizona Eye Center to learn more about cataracts and their treatment.