With age comes wisdom, experience, maturity, and all too often, cataracts.

Cataracts affect more than 22 million people in the U.S. and are the leading cause of blindness among the country’s older adults. By age 65, about half the population has cataracts.

A cataract forms when the lens of the eye becomes clouded and blocks the passage of light to the retina. The result is distorted and blurry vision, or faded colors. The only effective treatment is surgery.

“Cataract surgery can offer improved vision, and is one of the safest and most effective procedures, with a greater than 95 percent success rate,” says Preston Blomquist, M.D., Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He offers these signposts that indicate it’s time to consider cataract surgery:

  • When driving, there’s too much glare from the sun or headlights
  • You can’t see well enough to read, watch TV, sew, or play games
  • You’re afraid of bumping into objects or falling
  • Your vision isn’t improved sufficiently by wearing glasses