Cataracts are a clouding of the natural crystalline lens of the eye. The crystalline lens sits inside the eye and right behind the iris. This lens is the lens that focuses all the light coming into the eye. As we age, this lens changes it shape and when reach an old enough age, the lens itself starts to change color and then eventually becomes cloudy and prohibits light from passing through and focusing it into clear vision.
The crystalline lens is made up of protein and water. When a cataract develops, the protein clumps up and sometimes becomes hard, making it less and less likely to allow light to pass through it to the retina.
Presently, there is no cure for cataracts. It is said that if you live long enough, you will eventually develop cataracts in your eyes. The good news is that this condition can be treated and has been the most successfully operation in the world.
The cataract operation is performed over 3 million times a year in the domestic US and is the most successful operation in the medical field. Recent technology has allowed us to work with injectable lens implants and small clear corneal incisions without stitches.
The doctors at Kennedy Vision work with the leaders in cataract surgery and will discuss your options is you are a patient with a cataract condition.