Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of your eye. When your eye’s lens is clouded, things look blurry or fuzzy. You might notice that colors do not look as bright or vivid. Looking through a clouded eye lens is like looking through a foggy or dusty windshield when driving.
There are several symptoms of cataracts that you should be aware of. You may notice that your vision is blurry. You may see double or notice ghost images. Bright colors may appear faded or yellowish. You may have trouble seeing at night, and your eyes may be more sensitive to light.
Aging is the most common reason why you may get a cataract in your eye. As you get older, the proteins in the lens of your eye start to deteriorate. The debris from the degraded proteins causes the clouding. Cataracts are uncommon before the age of 40. Most people ages 60 and older have at least some clouding of the lens of one or both of their eyes.
There are some additional risk factors for the development of cataracts. If your mother, father or sibling had cataracts, you are more likely to get them. People with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts compared to people who do not have diabetes. A past eye injury or radiation treatments to your head increases your risk. If you spend a lot of time outside without sunglasses, your risk is higher.
Our physicians offer cataract removal surgery in Arlington Heights. We use lasers to correct your lens. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and most people have excellent results.
When you are in need of cataract removal surgery in Arlington Heights, contact us at Arlington Eye Physicians LLC. You may also learn more about our cataract removal surgery services online at http://www.ArlEye.com.