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A cataract is a clouding on your eye’s natural lens.  Normally, the lens is clear, but when a cataract develops, it can make your vision blurry and colors appear faded.  Reading and driving can become more difficult and frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions may become necessary. It can take months or years for a cataract to fully develop.  Although some people are more genetically predisposed to cataracts than others, age is typically the most common cause.  Some other factors that have been shown to cause cataracts, or make them worse, are smoking, diabetes, medications, sunlight or injury.  There have been many advances in cataract surgery techniques in recent years.  Most patients only require topical anesthesia.  Intraocular lens implants, or IOLs, are implantable devices that replace the natural lens in the eye.  The doctor will make a small incision in the eye and remove the natural lens which has the cataract.  The artificial lens is then placed into the eye.  Today, with the option of choosing a premium lens, an IOL can treat both a person’s cataract and loss of vision.

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