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Cataracts

A cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. The cataract interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Aging and other factors cause proteins in the eye’s lens to clump together forming these cloudy areas. Early changes may not disturb vision, but over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. People with cataracts often say they feel as if they’re looking through a dirty glasses or a piece of wax paper.

Cataracts are one of the most common causes of visual loss in patients over the age of 65 and are a natural part of aging. Over fifty percent of people over the age of 60 (and quite a few younger than that) suffer from cataracts. Cataracts occur at different rates and can affect one or both eyes.

Cataracts can only be fixed through a surgical procedure, and Dr. Kessler is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in Carroll County. Performing 400 to 500 cases annually, he is well versed in the use of the most advanced technology used during this surgical procedure. Dr. Kessler will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your cataracts or your cataract surgery and allow you to make a decision at your convenience.

Cataracts are usually a normal part of the aging process. Cataracts typically develop by the time a person reaches his or her 60s or 70s, although they can occur at younger ages or may exist at birth. Other cataract causes can include eye trauma, inflammation in the eye, or diabetes. Cataracts usually develop in both eyes, but they may develop at different rates. Cataracts interfere with vision by scattering light as it passes through the eye to the retina

People commonly misunderstand a cataract to be a “skin” on the eye that must be “peeled off.” A cataract is not a growth, but a normally clear lens inside the eye that has turned cloudy. This cloudiness causes blurred images, loss of contrast, glare, or starbursts.