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A cataract is a clouding of the lens that results in a loss of vision. The chance of developing a cataract increases once a person is 40 year old. Below are some commonly asked questions and answers about cataracts:

At what age do people commonly develop cataracts?

Although, it is sometimes thought that cataracts are a problem that mostly affect older adults, the reality is they can often affect younger adults as well. Adults can develop an age related cataract as young as their 40’s. However, these cataracts are usually very small and do not compromise vision. After age 60 is when cataracts begin to significantly impair vision.

What symptoms will I experience?

Cataract symptoms vary from one person to another. Some of the common symptoms can include poor night vision, blurry or clouded vision, multiple images in one eye or double vision, glare in which sunlight, lamps or other lights may seem to be too bright, requiring frequent changes in contact lens or eyeglass prescriptions.

How are cataracts found?

A cataract can be detected with a full eye exam which includes a dilated eye exam, tonometry, and a visual acuity test. During the dilated eye exam, a magnifying lens examines the optic nerve and the retina for damage. A visual acuity test measures how the patient sees at different distances using an eye chart.

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