Cataracts: What Are They and How Do They Impact Vision?

Has your vision become cloudy or foggy over the years?

Have you noticed colors don’t appear as bright or vibrant as they used to? Are you experiencing glare or halos around lights? If so, you may have a cataract in one or both of your eyes.

Related: “Cataract Surgery: Here’s What To Expect” 

A cataract is a very common condition where the lens in your eye – similar to the lens of a camera lens – clouds up. Cataracts typically occur with age, however, can occur earlier in life if you are on certain medications, have diabetes, or had a significant eye injury.

Cataract examples

The best way to prevent the early development of cataracts is to eat healthy and to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful light.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, it’s common for your eye doctor to monitor their progression until they’ve advanced to the point where you’re ready for cataract surgery.

Curious if you have cataracts? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

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Ryan Corte, O.D.
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.

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