A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. The proteins inside the lens get older and the lens looses its transparency. It is a natural part of aging. In fact, every person will develop a cataract if they live long enough. Some people develop dense cataracts at age sixty, while others remain cataract-free until the age of ninety.
While aging accounts for most cataracts, there are also other causes. Certain diseases, such as uveitis (inflammation inside the eye), can lead to cataracts. Exposure to radiation such as ultraviolet (like you get from the sun) and infrared rays, can also lead to cataracts. Poor nutrition may cause cataracts to develop earlier and progress faster. A cataract can also be caused from injury to the eye and by certain prescription drugs, such as steroids.
The Eye Institute has always been at the forefront of cataract surgery, using the most modern and advanced techniques.
Cataract surgery at the Eye Institute is done on an outpatient basis, which means that patients can usually return home within a few hours of their surgery. We try to make it as pleasant an experience as possible.