A a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. Cataracts usually develop with increased age, but may be present from birth. Eye examination can detect the presence of a cataract. Depending on the severity, a cataract may be monitored or removed surgically. Cataracts are removed when they interfere with a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
Cataracts may cause:
- Progressive cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
- Loss of color intensity
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
- Glare (dazzling or uncomfortable brightness) when viewing bright light sources such as car headlights at night
- Sensitivity to sun light