With Cataract awareness month upon us, we here at Liberty Hill Eyes thought that maybe we should share a little bit of information about what a cataract is and why it effects a patients vision.
The lens of the eye is a disc located behind the iris (colored part of the eye). Overtime the lens looses clarity, and yellowing of the lens happens to everyone around the age of 60 which in turn has a slight effect on vision. As we age, the yellowing becomes more dramatic, eventually turning amber and then brown, at the point it has a much more dramatic effect on our vision. This type of cataract is called "nuclear sclerosis." There are however , other less predictable types of cataracts. If you think of the lens as having rings, like a tree, then think of 1 or more of those rings turning hazy, like wax paper. These hazy rings cause poor vision and lots of glare. Cataract surgery can be performed in under 15 minutes and is a relatively safe procedure which can restore and improve our youthful vision.