CATARACTS AND TREATMENT
A cataract is the clouding of the eye's lens that causes loss of vision. The cataracts start out small with little effect on your vision at first. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass. Also, the cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright, causing a glare, or you may notice that when you drive at night the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. You will start to notice that colors may not be as bright as they used to be. As the cataract gets bigger and clouds more of the lens, you will find it harder to read and do other normal tasks. The word "cataract" means waterfall. For people with a ripe cataract, it is like trying to see through a waterfall.
A cataract is treated with surgery. Dr. Dixon will remove your clouded lens and, in most cases, replace it with a clear, plastic lens. Cataract surgery, although considered major surgery, is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, with over 1/5 million cataract surgeries done each year.