Causes

Cataracts occur when the natural lens inside the eye becomes discolored or cloudy, causing blurred or distorted vision. This blurring is the result of a chemical change within the eye, most often occurring after the age of 55. The direct cause of cataracts is not known, although heredity, injury, and/or disease might be factors.
Additional factors that may contribute to the development of cataracts include exposure to ultraviolet light, smoking, and certain prescription drugs.

Symptoms

Indications that cataracts may be forming include:

  • blurred/hazy vision
  • spots in front of the eyes
  • increased sensitivity to light and resulting glare
  • feeling of "film" over the eyes
  • a temporary improvement in near vision
  • decreased vision in low illumination (night driving)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Although there is currently no known method to keep cataracts from developing, Dr. Oevermann can diagnose and monitor cataracts, and also prescribe glasses or lenses that may improve  your vision. Ultimately, most cataracts should be surgically removed.  Dr. Oevermann can co-manage your cataract surgery with Slade & Baker.

Additional information on cataracts can be found on the following websites (clicking on these links will direct you away from our website):
American Optometric Association
and
Eye Center of Texas