Cataract FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts

A cataract is a condition that occurs when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, compromising your vision. Cataracts are common, particularly among people over the age of 65. The condition is treatable. In fact, at Mile High Eye Institute in Englewood and Denver, CO, cataract surgery is one of our most common procedures — one that can have a significant impact on your vision and quality of life.

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What Causes Cataracts?

In most cases, a cataract occurs when the fibers and proteins in the eye break down and cloud the lens. Since this lens is typically transparent, the cataract makes it difficult to see clearly. Cataracts usually happen with age, though they can also be caused by eye trauma, steroid medications, radiation treatments, genetic predisposition, prior eye surgery, and health conditions, such as diabetes.

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Some of the most common symptoms of cataracts are:

  • Cloudy or foggy vision
  • Seeing lights with halos
  • Light sensitivity
  • Compromised night vision
  • Double vision, particularly in one eye
  • Seeing unusually dim or faded colors
  • Regularly changing prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses

What Are the Risk Factors for Cataracts?

Cataracts can happen to anyone. Some of the factors that may increase your risk of developing cataracts are:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • High body weight
  • Diabetes
  • Prolonged steroid use
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Prior eye problems or surgeries
  • Extreme sun exposure without eye protection

Regular eye exams can help you spot these symptoms and take action to mitigate your risk.

Can You Prevent Cataracts?

There are no proven ways to prevent cataracts, but many of the risk factors are within your control. Your doctor may recommend that you stop smoking and cut back on alcohol consumption. Other potential ways to reduce your risk include staying active, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining healthy body weight. Any time you're in the sun, it's a good idea to protect your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses.

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts are not reversible, but they can be removed surgically. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor might not advise cataract surgery right away. In the early stages of the disease, you may be able to correct your vision with prescription glasses, brighter lights, and magnifying glasses. When these solutions are no longer effective, surgery can restore clear sight by replacing the affected lens with a new lens.

Schedule Cataract Surgery in Englewood or Denver, CO

If your primary optometrist has recommended cataract surgery, our experienced team can help. Using state-of-the-art equipment and proven techniques, our doctors deliver a fast, professional experience. To set up a consultation, call us today at Mile High Eye Institute in Englewood or Denver, CO, at (303) 482-1300.

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