Cataracts in Bergen County

What Is a Cataract?

Cataract prevalence in New JerseyA cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. This prevents the normal passage of light to the retina, creating either a blurry image or bothersome glare. As of the year 2010, there were more than 730,000 people in New Jersey, age 40 and older, who have cataracts.

Causes of Cataracts

So, what causes cataracts? Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process. In fact, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Trauma to the eye, ultraviolet light, and diseases that affect the eye, such as diabetes, can also cause cataracts.

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Cataract Symptoms

How do you know you have cataracts? Well, people with progressed cataracts often describe the sensation as looking through a piece of wax paper. A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright, causing glare. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did. However, most cataracts develop so slowly that people usually don’t realize that their color vision has markedly deteriorated. Oncoming headlights may cause uncomfortable glare at night, making driving more difficult.

  • Cloudy, blurry vision.
  • Colors seem faded or yellowish
  • Glare or halo may appear around lights.
  • Poor night vision. Difficulty in night driving
  • Double vision
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses