(Frequently Asked Question) (What is a Cataract?) Hi I’m Dr Van Nguyen from Downtown Texas State Optical. One of the questions I get asked quite often is: What are cataracts? Cataracts are, when the lens and the eye start aging; It can be due to a variety of reasons like: UV Light sun damage, or if somebody has Diabetes or even trauma to the eye cataracts will occur. Over time, what happens is, the protein build-up on the cataracts will start to make the eye a little bit cloudy. Such things as contacts or glasses won’t necessarily correct the vision and make it perfectly clear as it used to be; Patients will notice their vision feels a lot more dim; it gets a little dimmer over time. One of the treatments for cataracts can be surgery, where they implant a lens in the eye, and remove the cataract, and that helps reduce all the cloud in the vision. But typically what patients notice the most is, even with their corrective glasses or contacts, they feel like their vision is not quite as clear as it used to be. They’ll feel like they have to put a lot more lighting on their reading material, which is a very normal occurrence.
What we recommend for patients is to watch their health and wear sunglasses just to reduce sunlight exposure. Texas State Optical 805 Walker St Houston, TX 77002.
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