Cataracts form and cloud the eye lens. This effect can cause objects to look hazy or blurry. This helpful video from the American Academy of Ophthalmology will help answer questions and explain common eye diseases and treatments.
What are cataracts?Cataracts are when the eye's natural lens becomes cloudy. This happens to most people as a natural part of aging. Cataracts can also be caused by injuries, certain medications or genetics. When the lens gets cloudy, it can scatter light and make your vision blurry.
To learn more about cataracts, eye health and how to take care of your vision, visit EyeSmart, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-are-cataracts
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Cataract FactsFind out what cataracts are, what causes them and what can be done to improve vision if you have cataracts. Get more information about cataracts from the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart program. http://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-are-cataracts
Cataract SurgeryWith cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the eye. The front of the outer covering of the lens is opened and the cataract is broken up and vacuumed out. A folded lens implant is inserted into the capsule where it unfolds and permanently takes the place of the clouded natural lens. Learn more at https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-cataract-surgery
Cataract FormationIn the healthy eye, the lens is clear and allows light rays to pass through unobstructed. As a cataract forms, the lens gradually becomes cloudy. As light passes through this cloudy lens, it is no longer clearly focused on the retina, causing images to appear hazy or blurred. Learn more at http://www.geteyesmart.org.