June: Cataract Awareness Month
Cataracts occur when the natural lens in your eyes becomes cloudy due to age, though they can also be caused by an eye injury or through overexposure to UV rays. As we age, the proteins in our eyes begin to deteriorate and cataracts form. When this happens, your vision may become blurry, dim, or distorted. Colors may seem faded or you may be more sensitive to light. They usually progress slowly over time, enough that you may not notice the subtle changes happening in your vision. This is something Dr. Humpherys can track through regular eye exams.
Once your cataracts begin impacting your daily life, they can be removed with surgery. Your ophthalmologist will remove the cloudy lens in your eye and replace it with a new, artificial one. Oftentimes, cataract surgery not only clears the cataract, but improves your overall vision as well. A few different lens options exist for patients seeking out cataract surgery. These options can be reviewed with either your regular eye doctor or the eye surgeon. If you feel your vision is being impacted by cataracts, call our office and make an appointment today!
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