What is a cataract?

A cataract is formed when the lens in the eye ages, causing it to harden and become cloudy. Cataracts affect vision in several ways. Colors become dull or yellowish, and vision becomes blurry or fuzzy, like looking through a dirty window. The word “cataract” also means “waterfall” symbolizing that when the lens becomes cloudy it’s like looking through a waterfall.

Some cataracts develop slowly and others quickly. Cataracts should be removed when they interfere with normal daily activities, present a physical danger such as a fall risk, or when a person is bothered by them.

What are the symptoms of a cataract?

  • Cloudy, blurry vision
  • Faded or yellowed colors
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Halos around lights
  • Need for brighter lights for reading and other activities
  • Increased difficulty driving at night
  • Frequent prescription changes for your glasses

What causes cataracts?

Most people develop cataracts as a natural part of the aging process. Other factors that contribute to the early onset of a cataract or the rapid growth of a cataract are:

  • Extended exposure to sunlight without proper UV filtering glasses
  • Use of some medications, including steroids
  • Systemic diseases, such as diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High fat diet
  • Heredity

How are cataracts treated?

Cataracts can only be treated with cataract surgery. During cataract surgery Dr. Waters replaces the natural lens in the eye with a lens implant. Because of Dr. Waters’ skill and experience cataract surgery only takes a few minutes, which helps keep the patient comfortable and reduces the time spent at the outpatient surgery center.

Cataract surgery is no longer a “one size fits all” procedure. There are several different lens implants patients can choose depending on the type of vision they want to have after surgery. Lens technology has advanced to the point where Dr. Waters can customize patients’ cataract surgery to best fit their lifestyle and visual demands and reduce the dependence on glasses.

One lens implant that patients particularly like is the Symfony lens implant, which can give patients functional distance, intermediate and near vision, all without glasses.

Where is cataract surgery performed?

Dr. Waters’ patients have the added comfort and convenience of having surgery at The Surgery Center, located a 5202 Miller Rd in Flint, only a block away from Complete Eye Care. The Surgery Center is Genesee County’s first multi-specialty outpatient surgical facility. Its highly-trained nursing staff gives complete attention to patients’ and families’ needs. In addition to The Surgery Center, Dr. Waters also does surgery at McLaren.

If you are experiencing cataracts, click here or call our office at 810-732-2272, so we can be of service.