Cataracts are surprisingly common, with over 70 percent of people over the age of 75 suffering from this disease. Even people as young as 55 years of age can be affected, as it’s estimated that almost 50 percent of these people have already developed or are starting to develop cataracts.

Cataracts occur when our natural crystalline lens begins to build up opacities; this usually happens as a result of getting older but can also occur due to an eye injury, family history, or health conditions like thyroid problems, diabetes, or low blood calcium. As opacity worsens, it creates a cloud in the lens, which blocks vital light and causes blurred vision.

If left untreated, cataracts can cause serious problems, like severe vision loss. In some rare cases, untreated cataracts can even cause blindness. That’s why, if you have cataracts, you may want to consider undergoing cataract surgery.

This surgical procedure is best for candidates who have experienced significant vision loss and may have a hard time doing their regular activities as a result of their cataracts. During cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens. The procedure itself takes just minutes to perform; however, it’s required that patients get one eye done at a time and wait 2-3 weeks before getting the second eye done.

Schedule a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Laser Eye Center in Reston, VA today to see if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery.