Cataracts occur when the natural lenses in your eyes become cloudy and make it difficult for you to see clearly as you once did. Luckily, cataracts are common, natural and treatable. Cataract surgery is a common outpatient procedure.
What is a cataract?
Cataracts are common and happen as we age. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, caused by a buildup of the eye’s natural protein. The buildup of protein changes the way the eye focuses light, therefore changing the color and clarity of vision.1
Cataracts begin for most of us between ages 40 and 50 and symptoms become apparent when we are between 60 and 70. Cataract treatment is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see better. 2
What causes cataracts?
The natural lens in your eye is made up of protein that starts to clump together and cloud the lens as you age.
A common sign of cataracts is dull or cloudy vision. Find out more about these and other symptoms.
Types of eye conditions
Cataract surgery may allow you to address other eye conditions that impact the crispness and clarity of your vision in addition to cataracts.
1American Optometric Association. Cataract. https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/eye-and-vision-conditions/cataract?sso=y.. Accessed May 24, 2022.
2National Eye Institute. Cataracts. https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/cataracts Accessed May 24, 2022..