Cataracts obscure the eye’s natural lens and limit your ability to see details. The lens, a light-sensitive membrane in your eye, works like the film in a camera. Just as a foggy camera lens makes everything dim, a cataract makes it hard for you to see clearly.
As we age, cataracts become more common. If you have diabetes, other eye conditions, if you used steroids for lengthy periods or had previous eye surgery, you are more likely to develop this condition. In rare instances, some babies (usually those with other birth defects) are born with congenital cataracts or develop them in childhood. Sometimes, this doesn’t affect a child’s vision, but some babies or children may not be able to see, may have unusual rapid eye movements or a cloudy pupil.
You are more likely to develop cataracts if you have any of these risk factors:
- Too much sunlight exposure
- High blood pressure
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Common Cataract Symptoms
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Impaired night vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Need brighter light for reading and other activities
- Seeing "halos" around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
Though common, cataracts lead to blindness if left untreated. The experts at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System, offer diagnosis and innovative treatments to restore vision. Unless your condition interferes with your daily activities, our physicians recommend “watchful waiting”. During your eye exams, they carefully monitor your condition and advise you when treatment is necessary. Depending on your vision, you may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.
Why Choose Bascom Palmer Eye Institute?
Number One in the Nation for Eye Care. When you trust your vision to an eye care facility, you need to know it is the very best. Rated Number One in the nation for ophthalmology 16 times, we have the experience and expertise to improve your vision.
Academic-Based Precision Medicine. As part of the University of Miami Health System, our ophthalmologists have participated in groundbreaking clinical trials to achieve FDA-approval of corrective lenses. This allows us to offer the latest surgical lens implants to correct cataracts and significant visual errors.
State-of-the-Art Treatments. Realizing you need surgery is difficult. Your peace of mind improves when you choose Bascom Palmer, one of the few U.S. facilities using the femtosecond laser, a knife-less, state-of-the-art treatment method.
Caring and Professional Environment. Every aspect of your care – from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up exams – is coordinated by our pleasant, helpful staff. They educate, support and guide you throughout the process of regaining good vision.