A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye begins to become cloudy. This process causes the vision to gradually become blurry or foggy. Most cataracts are age-related; however, a cataract can also be present at birth, caused by trauma, or caused by uncontrolled diabetes.
Initially, glasses can correct blurry vision caused by cataracts; however, as the cataract progresses, glasses no longer help, and surgery is indicated.
During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the eye's natural lens and replaces it with a clear artificial lens. This minimally-invasive technique uses a small (1/8'') incision into the eye that seldom causes bleeding and only rarely needs a suture. Healing is rapid with excellent visual acuity within a few days.