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A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. When the natural lens experiences this clouding effect, vision quality is diminished. Typically, the lens has a yellowish hue to it; vision becomes hazy, and clarity of night vision weakens. Many people describe this sensation as looking through a foggy car window or a piece of wax paper. Cataracts can be especially burdensome to people who have had clear vision most of their life.
The lens in your eye is responsible for focusing light rays on the retina, which is the part of the eye that senses light and transmits these images to the brain. When the natural lens becomes cloudy light rays cannot properly pass through. Vision becomes blurry, and as the cataract develops it becomes increasingly difficult to see.
A cataract can develop in one or both of your eyes and surgery is usually required to remove the cataract. Cataracts are part of the normal aging process and tend to develop slowly. However, when your ability to perform ordinary daily activities is affected - such as reading and driving, it is time to consider cataract surgery.
If you think you may have cataracts, it is important to talk to your family eye care provider, and schedule an appointment so he or she can evaluate your vision. If surgery is necessary, the Eye Care Centers can help you find the right surgical facility for your needs.