A cataract is clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, which leads to a progressive blurring or dimming of vision. It is the world’s leading cause of blindness and among the most common conditions related to aging – by age 65, you have a 50 percent risk of developing a cataract, and, by age 75, risk of 70 percent.
A cataract starts out small and initially has little or no effect on vision. As the cataract progresses, it becomes more difficult to read and perform daily tasks. In the early stages, Dr. Elliott may recommend stronger eyeglasses and adjusting your lighting to reduce glare. When cataracts disrupt your daily life, Dr. Elliott may recommend cataract-removal surgery, which is one of the most frequent and successful eye procedures done in the United States.