What is Cataract?

What is Cataract?

Cataract Treatment by Dr. Mont Cartwright in Kissimmee
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, causing vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or corneal refractive surgery like LASIK, and at one point, after age 50, most of us will likely hear our eye doctor say, “Well, you have cataracts.”
Cataracts are not a disease you contract. It’s a natural result of getting older, similar to wrinkles and gray hair. As we age, cells die and accumulate behind the eye lens, which can cause it to turn yellow and cloudy. The result is the blurred vision and fuzziness.

Cataract Prevalence after Age 50 (U.S.)

Source: www.nei.nih.gov/eyedata/cataract

Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 75, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts, and that number is projected to grow to 50.2 million by the year 2050, according to NEI.
Thankfully, modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. Cataract surgery can restore vision lost to cataracts, and often can reduce your dependence on eyeglasses as well.
To find out more about our Cataract treatment, call Medical Eye Associates at 888-899-8757 to schedule your consultation.

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