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During this time of public health concern, some appointments for cataract care may take place via telehealth wherever possible and appropriate. You can also request a telehealth or video visit by contacting your provider. For all in-person visits, you can feel confident that our locations are safe. We’ve taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our patients are protected. Learn more by visiting our patient safety page.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye that affects your vision. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing cataracts. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It can't spread from one eye to the other.

Cataract symptoms are:

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Glare – headlights, lamps or sunlight may seem too bright
  • Halo around lights
  • Not being able to see well at night
  • Double vision
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyewear
Cataracts usually develop slowly. New glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses can help at first. Surgery is also an option. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataracts.
Cataract surgery frequently asked questions

Cataract surgery frequently asked questions

Cataract Surgery Explained

Why choose Ohio State for cataract surgery

What is a cataract?

Andrew Hendershot, MD, an ophthalmologist at Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute, explains exactly what a cataract is and when cataract surgery is appropriate.

Cataracts and cataract surgery, explained

Cataract surgery advancements

Amit Tandon, MD, an ophthalmologist at Ohio State's Havener Eye Institute, details the advancements of cataract surgery.

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