According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. As we age, the natural lens inside our eyes becomes opaque and hardens. The more mature the cataract, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove during surgery and restore vision. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. It is important for patients to have regular yearly checkups with either an optometrist or ophthalmologist for early detection and monitoring. Everyone will develop a cataract at some time in their life. Some patients are affected early in life, and some much later in life. When the cataract begins to affect a person’s daily activities and a new glasses or contact lens prescription does not improve the vision, that’s when a cataract evaluation and surgery is scheduled with a cataract surgeon.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology provides a patient educational website describing a cataract, causes, symptoms, and treatment. Read about Cataracts.
You can also read more about Kansas City Eye Clinic’s cataract surgeons and what we have to offer on our website.