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What You Should Know About Cataracts

The eye is equipped with a natural lens that bends light rays entering the eye in order to help us see. The lens should be clear, allowing you to see without any obstructions. However, if you have a cataract, the lens in your eye becomes cloudy and your vision is impaired. Objects, people, and everyday life can begin to look blurry, hazy, or less colorful. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts. Here’s what you should know.

Age Isn’t The Only Risk Factor

Cataracts are commonly associated with age, as one’s eyes begin to slowly degrade over time.  Recent studies have shown that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely a person develops cataracts. Risk factors include Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure.

You Can Reduce Your Risk

Cataracts are essentially inevitable, but you can take certain measures to reduce your risk or the severity of the cataract. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats while outdoors is one safety measure that you can take. Studies also suggest that eating more vitamin C-rich foods may delay how fast cataracts form.

Cataract Surgery is Highly Successful

The procedure consists of replacing the clouded lens that is your cataract with an artificial lens. The surgery not only improves the patient’s vision but his/her quality of life as well. The ability to see effectively reduces an elderly person’s chance of falling or becoming injured in everyday life.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is out #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community.  We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours. You can also schedule an appointment online! You can access our web scheduler through our website or Facebook page.

We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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