Salt Lake City Eye SurgeonLicensed ophthalmologists experienced in Cataract Surgery
A cataract is a progressive clouding of the lens that occurs naturally over time. Cataracts develop when the proteins that make up the lens begin to break down, leading to clouding of the lens material - like dark smudges on a camera's lens.
Some people with cataracts may not notice any symptoms due to the gradual and progressive nature of the disease. Some of these symptoms can make driving dangerous especially at night.
Cataract symptoms may include:
- Blurry vision
- Fading of bright colors
- Light sensitivity or glare
- Poor night vision
- Double vision
Cause of cataracts:
The most common cause for developing cataracts is aging. The lens proteins begin breaking down and changing around age 40. Most people will not notice any changes until age 60, and others still may not have significant vision changes until much later. There are other risk factors for the development of cataracts including a family history of cataracts, diabetes, prior eye injury/ surgery, prior radiation treatment to the upper body, and significant time in the sun without UV (ultraviolet light) protection.
Treatment for cataracts:
Wearing sunglasses or glasses that filter out harmful UV light rays is the best way to slow the development of cataracts, but once a visually-significant cataract has developed the only available treatment is surgical. The goal of cataract surgery is to remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Prior to surgery, our Salt Lake City ophthalmologist obtains measurements of the eye to determine the power and type of IOL to place in the eye. The surgeon will also discuss the IOL options available to the patient which can further enhance one's vision potential and reduce their dependence on glasses. Book an appointment with a Salt Lake City cataract surgeon at our clinic for more information about cataracts and cataract surgery in Utah.