Timothy B. Cavanaugh, MD
Cataracts usually start as a slight cloudiness to the natural lens of they eye that progressively grows more opaque. As the cataract matures (increasingly opaque and dense), the retina receives less and less light. The light that does reach the retina becomes increasingly blurred and distorted. If left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness. Surgery is the only way to improve blurry vision and glare that is due to a cataract. There are no medications, eye drops, exercises, or glasses that will cause cataracts to disappear or to prevent them from forming. When cataracts interfere with your vision and you are no longer able to see well enough to do the things you like to do, cataract surgery should be considered. Cataract surgery is a quick, pain-free experience thanks to advances in surgical techniques and anesthesia. Patients are numbed with eye drop gel, not needles, and are peacefully relaxed but awake during the surgery.