Cataracts occur when the eye’s natural lens gets cloudy. The lens is a structure within the eye that is clear and responsible for focusing light that passes through the pupil. When a cataract forms, images may become blurry or dim. Some people describe the image as looking through a dirty window, while others may notice glare. They are a normal part of aging, but can also be related to family history, medications (commonly steroids), and trauma.
There are no medications or drops to rid your eyes of cataracts. The only treatment is surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is very successful, and patients do not need to wait until the lens is mature or ripe. When to have surgery depends on your vision and how much of your activities are affected by the cataract. Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery that typically lasts for an hour, and many patients go back to work the next day. We are happy to help you determine if you are ready for cataract surgery, as well as work with Medicare and your insurance to cover the cost of surgery.