The Facts about Cataracts

What is a cataract?  A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens that interferes with light passing through to the retina.

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Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the U.S. today.  Many of Dr. Moran’s patients feel that they have the best vision of their lives following this procedure. Most cataract surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and more than 98% of surgeries improve vision.

More than half of all Americans will have developed cataracts by the age of 80, according to the American Academy of ophthalmology.  Although cataracts can develop at any age, many people start to notice changes to their vision from cataracts when they are closer to age 60.

When you are developing a cataract, your vision may seem blurry, and you may start to notice glare and halos around lights.  Your vision is changing because the lens of the eye is gradually becoming cloudy.  The clouding usually occurs slowly but can happen quickly, especially after trauma to the eye.

Cataracts are not painful, but you may notice these symptoms:cataract glare and halos

  • Blurry vision
  • Glare while driving or reading
  • Dull colors
  • Changes in your glasses prescription
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Feeling of a ‘film’ over the eyes. 

New advances and techniques have made cataract surgery one of the most successful and life-improving surgical procedures performed.  Dr. Moran offers the latest procedures and the surgical expertise to give you great vision.