Why Is My Vision Getting Cloudy?

Cataract development is almost universal. But for over half of people over the age of 60, their vision has become impacted by their cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, causing vision loss that cannot be corrected with any treatment other than surgery to remove the cataract-clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens.

We perform cataract surgery at Central Valley Eye Medical Group.

What causes cataracts to form?

The basic cause of the clouding of the lens is protein. As protein builds up in the lens it becomes cloudy. As this progresses, the lens becomes more and more cloudy and your vision in that eye can seem as if you are looking through a dirty window.

These are the general reasons cataracts form:

  • Diabetes— People with diabetes have a higher risk.
  • UV radiation— This is the main reason. A lifetime of sun exposure and its UV radiation is shown to trigger the protein buildup of cataracts.
  • Drugs— Corticosteroids and phenothiazine-related medications have links to accelerated cataract development.
  • Smoking— Cigarette smoking seems to increase cataract development.

How will I know if I have a cataract?

Cataracts develop slowly as the protein builds. Most people have no idea they have a cataract in an eye as they simply don’t notice the gradual change. But when these symptoms start to show up, you’ll know:

  • Vision that is cloudy, blurry, or filmy
  • Diminished color vividness
  • Nearsightedness
  • Problems with glare and night driving
  • Glare during the day
  • Double vision in the cataract-affected eye
  • Decreased effectiveness of eyeglasses or contact lenses

Can you treat cataracts?

The only treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove the clouded lens and replace it with what is called an intraocular lens (IOL). This sounds scary, but it is actually the most successful surgery performed around the world every year. It is a quick procedure; recovery is not difficult; and your vision improves dramatically. Today’s IOL choices can offer vision at all distances and may even fix presbyopia (the need for reading glasses for up close vision after the age of 40).

Are you ready to do something about your cloudy vision? Call us at Central Valley Eye Medical Group, (800) 244-9907, and let’s talk about cataract surgery.

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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. During these uncertain times, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. We are following CDC and American Academy of Ophthalmology guidelines, including extra diligent cleaning, and disinfecting around the office. Our waiting rooms have been reconfigured to allow more distance between chairs, and we are turning away all non-urgent patients who are symptomatic with cough or fever.

In keeping with government and institutional guidelines, as well as to promote the practice of "staying at home," we are implementing new restrictions. Starting March 20th, we will be limiting our clinic only to patients with eye conditions that could permanently threaten vision if not addressed within two months. This means that many appointments will need to be rescheduled. Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days, as patient volumes are expected to decrease significantly. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

The clinic is also establishing a telemedicine service to address eye problems that are less urgent, which can be managed over the phone by a physician.

The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

Brandy Simpson
Practice Manager
Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.