What Is A Cataract?

Cataracts are not a disease. Many people think that cataracts are something we “catch”. Behind the colored part of the eye (the iris) is a lens. This lens is what focuses light on the retina (in the back of the eye). When that lens becomes cloudy (somewhat like a dirty window) it becomes difficult to see through it and this is a cataract. This clouding can be related to aging changes, use of certain medications, and cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of A Cataract?

Symptoms of cataracts include glare, dim color vision, difficulty reading without abundant light, poor night vision and overall not seeing well.

 

What Is The Remedy For A Cataract?

Cataracts can usually be remedied through an out-patient surgery. Although many people think cataracts can be “fixed” through a laser surgery, that is not true at this time. During cataract surgery the eye must be operated on to remove the clouded lens. In most instances an artificial lens (an implant) will replace the natural lens.

 

What About My Insurance?

Cataracts are a Major Medical diagnosis, not a Vision or Refractive Diagnosis. If you have major medical insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, part or all of your examination may be covered by your insurance. Call our office for more details.