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What are Cataracts?

Cataracts affect millions of people, and they are typically the result of the natural aging process. In fact, most people will get a cataract at some point in their lives. Cataracts cause the eye’s natural lens to become cloudy. This can reduce the ability of the lens to properly pass light to the retina, resulting in impaired vision. If left untreated, cataracts will likely get progressively worse, and even lead to total vision loss.

Though natural aging is the most common cause of cataracts, other recognized causes of cataracts include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Eye injuries
  • Certain Medications
  • Long-term exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Genetic factors

If you are developing cataracts, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Vision that has become blurry or dulled
  • Cloudy vision
  • Halos or glare around light
  • Light sensitivity
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Double vision
  • Glasses or contact lens prescriptions that need to be changed often
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • “Ghost” images
  • A need for more light while reading or engaging in other activities

These symptoms can occur with other eye problems and can result in vision loss. As a result, if you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact us at Gulfcoast Eye Care to have your eyes examined by one of our highly trained eye doctors.

To learn more about how cataracts are treated, click here.

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