Cataracts are extremely common among middle aged and older men and women, affecting around 1 in 6 people aged 40 and over, and around half of people aged 60 or older. Early cataracts may be managed through new anti-glare glasses with a different prescription and using brighter lights, but eventually you may need surgery.

The only real treatment for cataracts as they progress and begin to interfere significantly with your vision is to remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens. Here at California Retina Associates, we perform cataract surgery in San Diego using premium intraocular lenses for the best results. If you are showing signs of cataracts, please call us at 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755 to schedule an examination with a member of our cataract surgery team.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts occur when the natural protein in the lens of your eye begins to clump together, clouding the lens. Cataracts are often small at first, and do not interfere too badly with vision. However, over time, they may become big enough that surgery is necessary to replace the clouded lens with a clear artificial one in order to restore your vision.

Symptoms of cataracts can include:

  • Vision becoming blurry
  • Glares
  • Halos
  • Loss of vibrant color vision
  • Poor night vision

If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, contact California Retina Associates to make an appointment for an eye exam. We can determine if you have cataracts and come up with a treatment plan for you.

Risk Factors for Cataracts

Age is the main risk factor for developing cataracts. Infants and children can be affected by congenital cataracts, which are present from birth; however, the vast majority of people suffering from cataracts are over the age of 60.

Other risk factors for developing cataracts can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Poor nutrition
  • Previous eye trauma or eye surgery

If you are at risk for cataracts and start to notice changes in your vision, see us as soon as possible for an eye exam. Many of the risk factors for cataracts are the same as for other types of eye disease, such as macular degeneration, so regular eye exams are highly important in order to monitor your eye health and catch problems early.