A cataract is simply a clouding of the lens within the eye. The lens is made mostly of water and protein. Specific proteins within the lens are responsible for maintaining its clarity. Most of us are born with clear lenses, and as we age, the structures of these lens proteins are altered, ultimately leading to a gradual clouding of the lens. Some other factors that may lead to cataracts forming earlier in some adults include over exposure to UV light, smoking, diabetes, or the use of certain medications such as oral, topical, or inhaled steroids.
You are at risk for developing cataracts are if you are 55 or older. Cataract development is usually a very gradual process of normal aging but can occasionally occur rapidly. In fact, many people are unaware that they have cataracts because there is no pain associated with the condition and the changes in their vision are very gradual.
Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60. Indications that you may have failing vision due to cataracts include:
Once your vision begins to change as a result of developing cataracts, an increase in your glasses prescription can help maintain your vision temporarily. However, because cataracts are a progressive condition, your vision will continue to worsen and your lens becomes more opaque. Eventually glasses or contact lenses will no longer improve sight. Fortunately, our Atlanta ophthalmology experts offer cataract surgery as a solution to regain clear vision. Learn more about cataract surgery in Atlanta at Milan Eye Center.
Dr. Desai was featured on Small Business Samaritans’ podcast, highlighting the causes, effects, and treatment of cataracts. See why cataracts are referred to as the “grey hair” of the eye.
“Seeing Dr. Sajja was very easy and efficient. He was very thorough and professional. He was also very honest in what he felt needed to be done. He also had a very good bedside manner and was caring, nothing was painful at all. The surgery was a quick procedure and I was in excellent care. I was amazed that Dr. Sajja himself called me two days after surgery to check-up on me!”
“Dr. Milan Patel is an excellent, caring physician. From the initial exam through cataract surgery he was very patient with explaining the surgery and recovery process. I had both eyes replaced with new lenses and felt extremely comfortable through both procedures. I highly, highly recommend him!”
“I was scared of having my cataracts removed, but the doctor and all of the staff made me most comfortable. There was no pain & the recovery was short. I would recommend Dr. Desai to anyone who needs surgery. And the people who work there are just wonderful”