Your eye has a clear lens through which light passes, allowing you to see. This lens focuses light onto the retina (the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye), similar to the lens in a camera. When the lens loses its transparency, the cloudy tissue that develops is known as a cataract.
Cataracts cause progressive, painless loss of vision. The lens clouds naturally as we age, so people over the age of 65 usually see a gradual reduction in vision. No one is exactly sure what causes cataracts. In younger people, they can result from injury, certain medications, or illnesses, such as diabetes. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light may also play a role in the formation of cataracts. Studies have also shown that people who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk of developing cataracts than non-smokers.
Although cataracts usually develop without apparent pain, some indications that a cataract may be forming are:
If visual impairment interferes with your ability to read, work, drive, or do the things you enjoy, then you will want to consider cataract surgery. Surgery is the only proven means of effectively treating cataracts. Cataract surgery is relatively painless and is one of the most frequently performed procedures. It has a very high success rate and more than 90 percent of cataract surgery patients regain useful vision.
Our surgeons at the Eye Clinic of Meridian pride themselves on offering the highest quality surgical care for east central Mississippi and west central Alabama using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. We are committed to using the most advanced technologies and surgical techniques to provide not only the best vision, but also the best experience to our patients. Our surgeons have extensive experience, having performed over 60,000 cataract surgeries combined. Let us put this experience to work for you.