Robert G. Alexander, MD


Vision with Cataracts
Normal Vision

Photos courtesy of the National Eye Institute,
National Institutes of Health

A cataract is a clouding of the human lens that may result in fuzzy or darker vision, sensitivity to lights, glare from on-coming headlights and changes in color perception. nighttime driving with catractsMost people will develop cataracts if they live long enough. However, people with diabetes are twice as likely as the general population to develop cataracts. Some people notice cataract-related vision changes as early as age fifty. Cataracts sometimes occur in younger people, usually related to trauma or certain medication use. Cataract surgery is indicated when the changes in vision affect lifestyle and the ability to function normally.

Modern cataract surgery is a quick outpatient procedure. Cataracts surgery today is a form of refractive surgery. Once medical necessity for cataract surgery is indicated, Dr. Alexander will discuss your options to maximize your vision through intraocular lens implantation. Many patients who have been nearsighted for years find that they can function eyeglass free in some instances.