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Cataracts

Seeing a blurred vision of the world

If it seems like you're seeing the world through a dirty window, you could have a cataract in one or both of your eyes.

A cataract forms when the protein naturally found in the lens clumps together creating vision problems, such as cloudiness or blurred vision. Cataracts are a common condition among those older than 40, and one's risk increases with age.

Be sure to make an appointment to check for cataracts if you have the following symptoms:

  • Cloudy or blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Seeing a halo effect around lights or other bright images
  • Difficulty seeing or driving at night
  • Changes in seeing color, with colors appearing faded or washed out

Cataracts can be detected during a routine eye exam and can be monitored until it becomes necessary for surgery. No medication can reverse the condition.

During cataract surgery, a Via Christi ophthalmologist will replace your natural eye lens with a clear artificial lens implant called an intraocular implant.

Both monofocal and multifocal artificial lens implants are available, along with lenses to correct astigmatism. Monofocal lenses provide for only one refractive correction, while multifocal lenses will allow for more than one refractive correction.

Your ophthalmologist will discuss the surgical options available, costs and benefits, pre- and post-operative expectations, and other important information to help you decide what's best for you.