What Are Cataracts

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Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded. The lens is a flexible, clear structure of the eye that changes shape to reflect light onto the retina. This allows your eye to focus light rays, transforming visual signals into a clear, sharp image.

As you get older, the tissue forming the lens grows less flexible, thicker, and less transparent. Slight degeneration of the tissue causes cloudy areas to form. As light passes through the lens, these cloudy areas scatter the rays and cause visual distortions. Many people report that having cataracts is like looking through a foggy windshield, as everything looks clouded. This can cause difficulties when driving, reading, and performing other everyday activities.

Age-related cataracts are the most common, but other types may also develop. Cataracts are associated with eye injuries, exposure to radiation, smoking, diabetes, steroid use, and surgery for other eye conditions. Cataracts can also be congenital, causing some babies to be born with cataracts.

Cataract Symptoms and Signs

  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Halos around light
  • Change in glasses prescription and/or distorted images
  • Needing more light to read

Find Out if Cataract Surgery in Kissimmee is Right For You

If you've been told you have cataracts, or suspect you do, contact Eye Care Specialists of Florida for a consultation and guidance on what steps to take next in restoring your clear vision. You can reach us at (407) 483-0328 or fill out our contact us form.

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