Cataract FAQ

1What is a cataract?
A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens in the front of the eye. Cataracts aren’t painful, but they do cause symptoms, including: Blurred/hazy vision Spots in front of the eye(s) Sensitivity to glare A feeling of “film” over the eye(s)
2Who is at risk for developing them?
People at risk for developing cataracts include those who are over 55, have had eye injuries or disease, have a family history of cataracts, smoke cigarettes or use certain medications.
3How are cataracts treated?
Vision loss from cataracts can often be improved with prescription glasses and contact lenses. For people who are significantly affected by cataracts, replacement surgery may be the preferred method of treatment. Cataract replacement is the most common surgical procedure in the country. During this procedure, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one called an intraocular lens or IOL.