What is a cataract?

Some 66% of all people over the age of 60 commonly get cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness in the world and occur when the eyes' lens becomes hardened and opaque, or cloudy
Cataracts cause vision to become blurred, and distort the perception of light in the eye causing visual disturbances such as glare and halos. Most cataracts develop slowly over the years.

Common symptoms include:
  • Difficulty reading.
  • Difficulty with glare.
  • Difficulty with driving, especially at night.
  • Blurred and dimmed vision.

If you have a symptomatic cataract, Visalia Eye Center will be glad to discuss optical and surgical options with you. Most people decide to have cataracts removed because they interfere with their daily life and work.

Modern day cataract treatment includes placing an artificial lens in the eye to enable the eye to focus and thereby reducing the need for glasses. No shots or stitches are needed. Some options can significantly reduce the need for glasses as well. 

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