A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of your eye that causes your vision to appear blurry. Cataracts happen gradually as your eyes get older, and the natural lens will eventually need to be removed and replaced with an artificial Intraocular Lens (called an IOL) in order for you to see clearly.

Eye Without Cataract

Eye without cataract

Light enters the eye through the cornea, passes though the lens and is focuses onto the retina, providing a crisp, clear image.

Eye With Cataract

Eye with cataract

As the eye ages, the lens becomes cloudier, allowing light to pass through. The light that does make it to the retina is diffused or scattered, leaving vision blurry.

Cataracts Can Affect Everyday Tasks



Cataracts impact your near vision. You may find yourself increasing the font size to read and write messages on your phone or tablet.



Cataracts impact your intermediate vision. You may have difficulty spotting dirt while cleaning or become less precise with tools like screwdrivers, drills, and saws.



Cataracts impact your distance vision. You may have trouble noticing details on the road.



You may notice objects appearing blurry, distracting from sightseeing, golf and other activities you enjoy.

Patient Stories

Mike’s Story

Before his cataract surgery, Mike’s distance vision for driving was quite bad, with reading street signs a constant challenge. Now, he can get in the car and “just go.” 

Darkise’s Story

As an optometrist, Darkise needed clear vision to help her patients see better.

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