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What Causes a Cataract?

Cataracts are often the result of the aging process; half of Americans over the age of 80 have or have had surgery to remove a cataract. Over time, the proteins that make up the lens of your eye begin to compact and harden. This makes the lens thicker can grow larger and move toward different areas of the lens. As the proteins coalesce and harden, they affect the quality of your vision. However, there are certain factors that can increase your likelihood of developing a cataract:

  • Eye trauma or eye injury
  • Long-term exposure to ultraviolet sunlight
  • Congenital conditions
  • Long or short-term exposure to radiation
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids
  • Allergic or atopic conditions of the eye can exacerbate a cataract already forming

Lifestyle Factors

In addition to the above list, there are certain lifestyle factors and occupations that are linked with a higher risk of forming cataracts. For instance, smoking and poor nutrition increase your risk of developing cataracts as well as other diseases and conditions.  Persons who work outside, Glassblowers and industries that involve satellite or radio transmission equipment and other similar occupations typically exhibit higher incidences of cataracts. Researchers believe that the exposure to radiation and energy patterns may cause cataracts to develop.

Symptoms of Cataracts

Regardless of the cause, there are a few key symptoms that may signal you have a developing or developed cataract. If your vision appears cloudy, as if you are looking through a foggy window, proteins on your lens may be obscuring your vision. Your sight may also take on a yellow hue, particularly around the edges of certain objects. The ability to see at night can decrease, and high light situations can cause glare or halos to appear. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, see your eye doctor.

Treatments

Though you might be able to live with cataracts clouding your vision, you don’t have to. At Beverly Hills Vision you will be given the opportunity to see clearly as well as to potentially see better than you have in years. Dr. Khodabakhsh’s years of experience performing cataract surgery give you an advantage — you can rest assured knowing you are in good hands. Additionally, Beverly Hills Vision offers a variety of introcular lens replacements that can allow you to regain much of, if not all, of your sight.