Cataract example

When people think of cataracts they often imagine a white, milky film that grows on their eyes. However, cataracts do not form on the eye, rather it forms within the eye. More specifically, a cataract is a clouding of the lens, blocking and distorting the light that makes up the images we see.

Signs of Cataracts

Common symptoms of cataracts include cloudy or blurry vision, dull colors, a halo or glare around headlights and lamps, poor night vision, and/or double vision or multiple images appearing in one eye. Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses can be an indicator of the progression cataracts. The devoted professionals who work at the Overland Park Eye Center can help you understand the common signs of cataracts and provide cataract testing in Overland Park.

We have provided a detailed overview of the signs, as well as the symptoms that put you at risk for developing cataracts.

 Normal eye vs eye affected by cataractsCataracts and Age

For most people, cataracts will be a natural result of aging. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults over the age of 55.

Age-related cataracts develop in two ways:

  • The first is a clustering of protein that clouds the lens and reduces the light that reaches your retina. The cloudiness tends to grow slowly, gradually getting worse, making it difficult to see.
  • The second way cataracts develop involves the lens slowly changing to a yellowish/brownish color giving your vision a brownish tint. While this slow change in the amount of tinting does not affect the sharpness of the image, it will make it more difficult to identify colors.

Other Factors

While the risk of having cataracts increases as you get older, eye injuries, certain medications, and diseases, such as diabetes, have also been known to cause cataracts. Other risk factors include excessive smoking or alcohol use, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sunlight.

Preventing and Delaying Cataracts

Those who spend time outside should protect their eyes from ultraviolet rays by wearing sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection and a brimmed hat to block ultraviolet sunlight. Researchers believe a healthy diet can also help lower the risk of age-related cataracts and recommend eating green leafy vegetables, fruit, and other foods rich in antioxidants.

Expert Eye Doctors in Overland Park

The Overland Park Eye Center has cataract testing in Overland Park and the greater Kansas City area. The friendly and skilled experts at Overland Park Eye Center are dedicated to helping our patients with cataracts.

To learn about cataracts and available treatment options, call (913) 345-2020.