Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc.,*Cataracts are the clouding that takes place within the natural lens of the eye, disrupting a person's vision and reducing their clarity. The lens of the eye is located behind the pupil and the iris, and can develop cataracts for a number of reasons, the most common being age. The following image contrasts a healthy eye and an eye with a cataract. The eye functions in a way that can be compared to a camera. Rays of light enter the eye, moving through the cornea and focusing on the retina at the back of the eye, which presents clear images of what you're seeing. Cataracts take place when a build-up of protein begins to develop within the lens, causing that lens to become cloudy. The cloudier your natural lens becomes, the more you will find that light struggles to pass through it clearly, leading to some vision loss. Please view the video for an overview of cataract and cataract symptoms. View Video
The Types of CataractsAlthough medical science has not yet discovered a way to prevent cataracts, a consultation with Nevada Eye & Ear is an ideal way to determine if their expert eye surgeons can meet your vision needs. They can determine the best solution for your vision problem. There are different factors that cause cataracts to develop. Some of the most common kinds of cataracts include:
- Traumatic cataracts: These take place after there has been an injury to the
- Age-related cataracts: This is the most common reason for cataracts to
- Secondary cataracts: Sometimes, cataracts can eve op as a result of other medical issues such as They may also take place because of an exposure to certain drugs or toxic substances, too much ultraviolet light, or excessive radiation.
- Congenital cataracts: In very rare circumstances, a baby may be born with cataracts, or find that they develop them quickly after birth. Typically this happens because of an injury, infection, or poor development issues.
Cataract SymptomsThough cataracts usually form slowly, they can eventually present some symptoms which may lead to concern, for example:
- Cloudy, blurry, or foggy vision
- Changes in the way you perceive color
- Double vision
- Progressive issues of nearsightedness
- Problems with glare or bright lights
- Sudden differences in your eye prescription
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*Lisa Marie Wark, MBA owns a social media agency and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., a business development and social media firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into fee for service business models.