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CataractCataracts are a common vision condition and a normal part of the aging process. Cataracts affect nearly 25 million Americans age 40 and older. As you age, the proteins in the eye's lens lose their precise arrangement and begin to clump together. This causes the lens to become cloudy and discolored. Now, instead of light passing through the lens, the rays scatter inside the eye creating hazy, blurred vision, and faded, dull colors.

There are different types of cataracts, classified by what part of the eye lens is affected. A person may have one type or a combination.


  • Difficulty driving
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Difficulty viewing a computer screen, a phone, or tablet
  • Colors appear dim and faded
  • Frequent changes in eyeglasses prescription

Typically, surgery is required to treat cataracts. Removing cataracts and replacing the eye lens is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. Learn more about cataract treatment.

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