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What Are Cataracts? 

Cataracts are a normal occurrence in an aging eye: your transparent eye lens begins to cloud over with the gradual build-up of naturally-occurring proteins in the eye. Instead of allowing light to enter properly, the cloudy lens creates a foggy appearance to everything you see. 

This process does not happen overnight. It is typically a slow development that makes it increasingly difficult to see things clearly and perform daily tasks. 

Symptoms of Cataracts

While cataracts are typically associated with aging, they can also occur due to disease, injury, birth defect or certain medications. Symptoms can include: 

  • Hazy/blurry/cloudy vision
  • Glare and starbursts with night driving 
  • Dull appearance of colors
  • Vision takes on a yellowish/brownish tint 
  • Eye sensitivity in bright light

Types of Cataracts

You can have a cataract in one or both eyes. The position of your cataract will affect what type of vision disturbance you have. 

  • Nuclear cataract: occurs in the center of the lens, often creating temporary near vision improvement 
  • Cortical cataract: occurs around the edges of the lens, often resulting in spoke-like opacities that move to the center of the lens
  • Subcapsular cataract: occurs at the back of the lens, often masking symptoms until the later stages

Cataract Treatment in Idaho Falls

While there is no cure for cataracts, cataract surgery is a very common and effective procedure to restore clear vision. It is possible, and sometimes even recommended, that you live with cataracts for years before undergoing surgery if they are not affecting your daily life. At the Idaho Eye and Laser Center, we offer free Cataract Screenings to assess your cataract development and we will recommend cataract surgery in Southeast Idaho when necessary. 

Contact us today to schedule a free Cataract Screening to learn more about your eye health. 

Idaho Falls

2025 East 17th Street,
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Pocatello

1157 Call Place,
Pocatello, ID 83201

Rexburg

491 First American Circle,
Rexburg, ID 83440

Twin Falls

706 N College RD Ste C,
Twin Falls, ID 83301