A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed, or looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract.

The lens inside your eye is subject to the effects of age just like any other body part – with time, it just doesn’t function like it used to. When we are younger, the human lens is clear and flexible so objects at a variety of distances are easily focused. As time goes by the clear lens gradually, and sometimes rapidly, becomes cloudy, forms a cataract, and focus starts to fail.

The most common type of cataract is related to the normal aging process of the eye. Other causes of cataracts include family history, medical conditions like diabetes, traumatic or surgical eye injury, medications, long-term unprotected exposure to sunlight, or occupational exposure.


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Common Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurry vision, reading or distance
  • Glare and/or light sensitivity
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Fading or yellowing of colors

Individuals should consider advanced cataract surgery when decreased vision interferes with normal daily activities.

Ocala Eye cataract surgeons use advanced techniques that can restore your vision to a more youthful state – and even help you say goodbye to glasses!


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Cataracts Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some other common questions patients ask about cataracts. For any questions you have that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Are Cataracts Hereditary?

Cataracts are not a hereditary condition. However, cataracts may be more common in people who have a family history of cataracts.

Can Cataracts Cause Headaches?

Cataracts may cause headaches in some people. This is because cataracts can cause the eye to swell and put pressure on the surrounding tissues.

How Do Cataracts Affect Your Vision?

Cataracts cause vision to gradually become cloudy and distorted. cataracts can also cause halos around lights and glare.

When Are Cataracts Ready For Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are typically ready for cataract surgery when they cause significant vision impairment. In some cases, cataracts may be removed even if they do not cause any vision problems.

Consult a Cataract Surgeon in Ocala

Ocala Eye’s fellowship-trained ophthalmologists and medical staff are dedicated to helping your vision last a lifetime, which is why we offer comprehensive eye care for adults of all ages. From annual eye exams to advanced procedures like LASIK and advanced cataract surgery, we can help you see your best at any phase of your life.

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