Cataracts - What Happens
Cataracts may remain small and may not be noticeable. They often do not seriously affect vision, and many cataracts do not need to be removed. Some cataracts grow larger or denser over time, causing severe vision changes.
Cataracts - Topic Overview
What is a cataract? A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the passage of light to the retina.
Cataracts - What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for cataracts include age, ethnicity, sex, and others.
Cataracts - Home Treatment
If you have cataracts, these tips and vision aids may help you manage your vision problems and avoid or delay surgery: Tips for improving vision include repositioning lights or, if you wear them, updating the prescription for your eyeglasses or contact le
Cataracts - Surgery
Surgery for a cataract involves removing the natural lens of the eye that contains the cataract.
Cataracts - When To Call a Doctor
If you have cataracts, call your doctor immediately if you have severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision.
Cataracts - Symptoms
Not all cataracts impair vision or affect daily living. For those that do, common symptoms include: cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision, glare from lamps or the sun, difficulty driving at night due to glare from headlights.
The lens of the eye is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Extracapsular surgery, also called extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE), involves removing the lens with the cataract from the lens capsule.