Cloudy or Blurry Vision?
A cataract is a clouding of all or part of the normally clear lens within your eye, which results in blurred or distorted vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over age 55, but they are occasionally found in younger people. Cataracts are the most common cause of visual impairment in people over 60 years of age in Australia. Opacification of the lens results in obscuration of vision and glare. No one knows exactly what causes cataracts, but it is known that a chemical change occurs within your eye to cause the lens to become cloudy. This may be due to advancing age, heredity, an injury or disease.
Although cataracts develop without pain or discomfort, there are some indications that a cataract may be forming. These include blurred or hazy vision, the appearance of spots in front of the eyes, increased sensitivity to glare or the feeling of having a film over the eyes. Currently, there is no proven method to prevent cataracts from forming. Small incision surgery with intraocular lens implantation using ultrasonic fragmentation of the lens is now common surgical practice. A local anaesthetic allows for safe Day Surgery with rapid visual recovery. Patients have unrestricted post-operative activity.