As we age, the normally clear crystalline lens within the eye can become yellow or opaque. Clinically significant cataract occurs when the patient is bothered by glare or blurred vision.
Most cataracts are caused by age and progress slowly. The following risk factors can increase the chance or progression of cataract:
In the early stages your optometrist will monitor your cataract(s). Often your vision can be improved by making a change in your eyeglass prescription. However, if the cataract progresses and causes a decline in vision, a referral to an ophthalmologist for cataract surgery will be arranged by your optometrist.