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About Cataracts

About Cataracts at Center for Sight serving Fall River,
Massachusetts and greater Providence, Rhode Island

By Robert Kelly, M.D.

Cataracts are an extremely common eye problem we see at Center for Sight in Fall River. The Crystalline Lens is usually soft, flexible and “crystal” clear in our younger years. In fact it has excellent transparency and optical clarity. As we progress through our 50’s and 60’s, the normally “crystal” clear lens may gradually become yellow and cloudy. When this occurs, you may initially experience a mild blurring of your vision and feel that you might need a change of eyeglasses. As the Crystalline Lens loses its transparency and its optical clarity, you may notice that it is not as easy to see well and comfortably in dim illumination, such as for night driving. You may notice that colors look faded. The cloudiness may also create glare, haloes, light sensitivity and a continuing decrease in your vision.

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If the Crystalline Lens becomes too cloudy it may cause a significant decrease in both your day and night vision. These are the visual symptoms that are common for those patients whose Crystalline Lens has clouded and formed a Cataract. Cataracts are a common eye problem as we get older. Cataracts can affect us even if we have had normal vision all of our lives. When patients think about how cataracts affect them they typically relate their symptoms to complaints like blurry vision, cloudy vision, glare, difficulty night driving and other vision symptoms. But, what we consider for each and every patient with cataracts is that poor vision in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline. Further, the challenges reduced vision creates in terms of mobility and safety can also put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture. So, helping seniors restore vision with cataract surgery and lens implants has an important place in securing senior health, well being, mobility, safety and mental state. It is important to note that Cataracts are even more common if we have had certain health problems such as diabetes or taken certain medications such as steroids (e.g. cortisone, prednisone) for asthma or other inflammatory conditions. If you are experiencing vision changes like these, it is important to schedule a comprehensive eye examination and Cataract Consultation.

If you, a family member or friend are experiencing blurry or clouded vision, haloes around lights, double or shadowy vision and fading of colors or difficulty with night driving, you may wish to be checked for cataracts. Please contact us to arrange a cataract evaluation by calling Center for Sight in Fall River, Massachusetts at 508-730-2020.

Center for Sight is conveniently located for patients seeking a cataract evaluation or exam for cataracts in Massachusetts or Rhode Island from Attleboro, Fairhaven, Fall River, Franklin, Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Milford, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Norton, Oxford, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Walpole, Whitinsville, Woonsocket, Providence, Smithfield, Westport, Lakeville, Dighton, Little Compton, and Tiverton.