Education Center for our Clients and Families
The lens of your eye is made mostly of water and protein.
Aging can cause proteins in the lens to accumulateand create a cloudy area on the eye, which prevents light from passing through.
This cloudy area on the lens is a cataract. The size of cataracts can vary and will dtermine how your vision is affected.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
- Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
- More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Sensitivity to light and glare
halos around lights
- Faded or yellowed colors
- The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Double vision within one eye
Cataracts are diagnosed through a dilated eye exam. Using eye drops, your opthamologist will
widen the pupil of your eye. This allows the doctor to see your eye's lens and determine whether there is any evidence
of a cataract developing.
are a result of aging; however, there are three other less common causes--congenital, non age related and traumatic. Congenital
cataracts can be hereditary or linked to birth defects and occur in infants and children. Non age related cataracts are linked
to other eye problems, including previous eye surgeries or chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Finally, traumatic cataracts
are a result of an injury and can develop immediately, or months or years later.
The most common treatment for cataracts is surgery. It is an outpatient procedure that does
not require an overnight hospital stay. During the surgery, your opthamologist will remove the eye's lens and replace
it with an artificial lens implant known as an intraocular lens. (IOL)
After surgery, you will have to use prescribed eye drops to promote healing, wear an eye shield while
sleeping and special wrap sunglasses in bright light, avoid eye rubbing and strenuous activity for a period of time.
Wright's Home Care aides can assist you after your cataract surgery with medication reminders, housekeeping and errands and
transportation while you recover.