What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a clouding, or haziness, of the lens of your eye. This part of your eye helps focus light on your retina, the area where images are formed. When the lens becomes cloudy, these images are less clear. Click here to simulate how cataracts can affect your vision.

Cataracts usually develop slowly, so you might not notice any vision changes at first. Cataract symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing well at night
  • Glare, halos around objects or sensitivity to bright light
  • Double vision
  • Loss of color vision (colors look yellow or faded)
  • More frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions

With cataracts, you might notice problems with activities that require clear vision, such as reading or playing golf. By examining your eyes, an eye doctor can tell you if you have cataracts in one or both eyes.

Cataracts don’t usually cause pain, eye irritation or vision problems that come and go. If you have any of these symptoms, you might have a different eye condition. Talk to your doctor about any eye symptoms or vision changes, especially sudden changes.

If you have symptoms of cataracts or another eye condition, the experts at Virginia Eye Center are here to help. Request an appointment by calling 703-858-9800.

Treating Cataracts

Being diagnosed with a cataract may seem frightening, but it’s important to remember that cataracts are a common condition and are easily treated through surgery. They can not be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. However, due to advancements in technology, cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful types of surgeries in the U.S. today. More than 90% of cataract operations restore full vision. The risk of complications is very small. Virginia Eye Center is pleased to be the first in Loudoun County to offer bladeless, Laser Cataract Surgery, in addition to the traditional method.

During cataract surgery, we replace your natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL), which helps to remove the cloudiness and bring back clarity to your sight by strengthening your eye’s ability to focus. There are several different types of IOLs.

The Virginia Eye Center offers a range of advanced options to ensure your cataract surgery is successful. Based on thorough examinations and our discussions with you, we will help you understand your options and make an informed decision.

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