The Facts About Cataracts

Fact: Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that occurs in people as they age. Common symptoms of cataracts include cloudy, blurry or faded vision, glare or frequent eyeglass prescription changes. You may also experience double vision, or multiple images in one eye. Learn more about detection and your treatment options.

People in their 40s and 50s may have cataracts, but it is usually only around age 60 or older that they might begin to affect a person’s vision.

If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. This will allow your doctor to check for cataracts, as well as other vision disorders like glaucoma. 

If you have a cataract in one or both eyes, talk to your eye doctor about your treatment options. The symptoms of a cataract may be improved with new eyeglasses or brighter lighting. But if your vision loss is affecting everyday activities like reading or watching TV, it may be a sign that you need cataract surgery. 

Cataract surgery is effective and safe. Your doctor can help you decide if this routine procedure is right for you. For a physician referral to see one of our board-certified ophthalmologist, call 678-312-5000 or click here.


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