A cataract develops when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Several conditions can cause cataracts, but cataracts often happen as a result of aging. Cataracts can block light from reaching the retina, the light sensitive area at the back of the eye, and cause vision problems. These problems can be mild or severe depending on how long the cataracts have been present. While early symptoms include general vision problems such as trouble reading or night driving and light sensitivity, later symptoms include more severe vision loss and blindness.
Often, people with early cataracts can improve their vision by changing their eyeglasses or contact lens prescription. However, more advanced cases require surgery.
At ColumbiaDoctors Ophthalmology, we not only specialize in state-of-the-art surgical treatments for cataracts, but we will also work with you to weigh all of your treatment options, including those that do not involve surgery.
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