by Michael T. Newcomb, MD
Lexington Clinic Ophthalmologist
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded causing blurriness, and sometimes nearsightedness, for the affected patient. They occur more frequently with age. According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of all Americans will develop at least one cataract before age 80. Additionally, those who have certain diseases such as diabetes, have excessive tobacco or alcohol usage or have had prolonged exposure to UV sunlight are at higher risk for developing for cataracts later on in life.
Cataracts occur when the proteins in the eye begin to clump together and create a cloudy lens, which grows over time. Common symptoms of cataracts include:
Cloudy or blurry vision
Seeing faded colors
Seeing a glare or halo around lights
Poor night vision
Double, or multiple, vision in an eye
Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact prescriptions
However, just because a cataract has developed, removal is not always necessary. When a cataract begins to interfere with a patient’s normal activities, such as driving, reading or watching TV, s the cataract should be removed.
Most commonly, a cataract is removed through surgery. Not only is this the safest method for removal, it is also the most effective, as the National Eye Institute reports, more than 90 percent of patients who undergo cataract surgery have better vision following the procedure.
The most accurate way to determine if cataract surgery is right for you is to speak with an ophthalmologist about your individual needs. To speak to someone about cataract surgery or schedule a consultation to see if surgery is right for you, please call our ophthalmology office today at (859) 258-5310 or visit LexingtonClinic.com/eye.
Michael T. Newcomb, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist at Lexington Clinic. He provides services in comprehensive ophthalmology for adults and children; diagnosis, management, and surgical treatment of glaucoma; diagnosis, management and laser treatment of diabetic retinopathy; small incision cataract surgery.
Lexington Clinic is Central Kentucky’s largest and oldest medical group. With 200+ providers in more than 30 specialties, we have been taking care of 600,000+ patients annually in the Lexington community since 1920.