Cataracts occurs when the natural crystalline lens of the eye becomes cloudy, obscuring your vision. Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and almost everyone will experience them as they age, in fact, cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40.
What is a Cataract?
Behind the iris and pupil lies the eyes natural crystalline lens. This lens works a lot like a camera lens. It focuses light on the retina at the back of the eye to provide clear vision near, far and in between. As we age this lens can thicken and become cloudy. This is a cataract.
What Causes Cataracts?
While we are still uncertain why the eyes lens changes as we age, research has identified risk factors that are associated with developing cataracts. In addition to advanced age, risk factors can include:
- Family History
- UV radiation exposure
- Significant alcohol consumption
- High myopia
- Prolonged corticosteroid medication use
- Use of statin medications
- Past eye surgery
- Past eye injuries
- Hormone replacement therapy
When cataracts begin to interfere with your vision or affect your quality of life it is time to have them removed with cataract surgery. Kung Eye Center performs cataract surgery for patients in Staten Island and East Brunswick with premium lens options allowing their patients the possibility of freedom from glasses for most of their daily activities. Find more information about our premium lens implant options here.
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