Cataracts occur when the natural lens inside the eye becomes discolored or cloudy,
causing blurred or distorted vision. This blurring is the result of a chemical change
within the eye, most often occurring after the age of 55. The direct cause of cataracts
is not known, although heredity, injury, and/or disease might be factors.
Additional factors that may contribute to the development of cataracts include exposure
to ultraviolet light, smoking, and certain prescription drugs.
Indications that cataracts may be forming include:
spots in front of the eyes
increased sensitivity to light and resulting glare
feeling of "film" over the eyes
a temporary improvement in near vision
decreased vision in low illumination (night driving)
Diagnosis and Treatment
Although there is currently no known method to keep cataracts from developing, Dr.
Oevermann can diagnose and monitor cataracts, and also prescribe glasses or lenses
that may improve your vision. Ultimately, most cataracts should be surgically removed.
Dr. Oevermann can co-manage your cataract surgery with the Eye Center of Texas.
Additional information on cataracts can be found on the following websites: