Cataracts

When the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy (less transparent), it is called a cataract.  Light can't pass through it as well, so vision becomes dull and blurred.  Cataracts can develop at any age, but are typically a normal part of the aging process.  Symptoms can be very subtle at first, but as a cataract develops (the lens becomes darker and cloudier) you may experience blurred or dim vision, difficulty reading, glare, halos around lights (especially at night), decreased ability to appreciate vivid colors, feeling like your glasses need cleaning and frequent changes in your eye glass prescription.  Sometimes cataracts grow so slowly that patients aren't even aware of how bad or advanced they are until they are removed and replaced with a new, clear lens.

How is it treated?

Removing the cloudy lens by surgery is the only way to treat a cataract and restore clear vision.  Your cloudy lens is replaced with a clear, permanent implant called an intraocular lens (IOL).  Diet cannot be used as a treatment nor are there any drops or other medications for treating cataracts.