A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness but also completely and easily treatable.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most cataracts are related to aging, but they may also develop after an injury or due to inflammation or disease.
Today's cataract patient is often in her early to mid 60s and has decided to take action after the frustration of a lifetime of corrective vision wear, needing to wear glasses over contacts, night vision becoming difficult, and colors seeming off. These are people who are quite often still working, physically active, and attached to technology.
One of the most common treatments for cataracts is cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures in the U.S., with more than three million surgeries done each year.
How do you know when you should have cataract surgery?
William L. Soscia, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss everything you need to know about having cataract surgery.