Cataracts and Cataract Surgery

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a thickening or clouding of your natural lens.  If you think of your eye as a camera; the lens of your eye works the same as the lens of a camera.  It focuses the image on the retina or the film of the camera.  If your natural lens is clouded the image your eye sees is also clouded. 

Symptoms of Cataracts:

The most common early symptom of cataract progression is difficulty driving at night. 

            To be followed by:

                                Cloudy or blurry vision

                                Seeing glare or halos around lights

                                Distortion of colors

                                Difficulty with reading and other near vision activities


Causes of Cataracts:The most common cause of cataracts is age.  Cataracts can occur at any age, but the most common type of cataract is in patients over the age of 65 and is simply related to age.  As we mature, the lens of the eye thickens every year until it loses its clarity. At that point, the cataract is considered clinically significant and the patient becomes a candidate for cataract surgery.

         Other causes:



                               Injury to the eye

                               Long-term use of steroids medications

Diagnosis of Cataracts:

The correct diagnosis of cataract is based on a full dilated eye exam, where your eye care professional examines your eyes.

If you wish to see if you have any of the symptoms that would make you a candidate for cataract surgery please call us to make an appointment.

How the eye works:

How do you fix Cataracts?

What do you do if your camera lens is broken, cracked, scratched or just won’t transmit light?  You unscrew it, and replace it.  This is what we do in cataract surgery.  We  provide a small, friendly environment to take care of your cataract.  The procedure is completed basically three steps.  The eye is prepped, the clouded lens is removed from the eye using an ultrasound device (not a laser).  A new permanent lens is implanted in the eye.

Cataract surgery is made easy and convenient at the Gruen Eye Center.  This is performed as an out-patient in our office based medicare accredited surgery center.  Dr. Gruen has performed thousands of cataract surgeries here with state of the art equipment.


Do you think you have Cataracts?

If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment:

Call the Gruen Eye Center at 410-654-5700