The lens inside your eye is made of protein and water aligned in a very exact manner. In a normal eye, light passes through the eye’s lens and falls on the retina, forming an image. Over a lifetime oxidation disrupts that exact alingment of proteins making the lens more cloudy. As the cataract becomes more cloudy, light becomes more scattered so the image formed is blurred. Cataracts are part of the normal aging process (about 90 percent of people older than 65 years old have a cataract). Diabetes, UV exposure and some medications can produce cataracts sooner than expected based on age.
If you have early cataracts, Dr. Steensma will make every effort to provide you with the best vision possible. When it is no longer possible to make your vision good enough for your daily needs, he will refer you to a cataract sugeon.