A Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. A Cataract starts out small and at first has little effect on your vision. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass. A Cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem to bright or glary. Or you may notice when you drive at night than the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before.

Risk Factors:

  • Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertention
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medication
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Significant alcohol consumption
  • High myopia
  • Family history


When symptoms begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.

The Right Sight optometrist will discuss with you your options when your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life.