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A cataract is a clouding or opaque area over the lens of the eye — an area that is normally transparent. As light is prevented from reaching the lens and focusing on the retina, the clouded area becomes larger. Cataracts may grow larger over time and affect more of the lens, making it harder to see. While cataracts cannot spread from one eye to another, many people develop cataracts in both eyes.
Sharp offers diagnosis and treatment for various types of cataracts, including: age-related, congenital, secondary and traumatic cataracts. A visual acuity test (eye-chart test), pupil dilation or a B-scan ultrasound may be used to evaluate the retina and diagnose cataracts when an individual’s view is obstructed.
In its early stages, vision loss caused by a cataract may be aided with the use of different eyeglasses, a magnifying glass or stronger lighting. When these measures are no longer helpful, surgery may be the only effective treatment available. Cataract surgery may utilize a YAG laser — in this case, the patient’s eyes may be dilated, yet there will be little or no discomfort.
Cataract Services at Sharp
Cataract services are available at the Sharp Vision Center in the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion.
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For more information about Sharp's services or for help in finding a Sharp-affiliated physician, please call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) or visit our Find a Doctor. To contact Sharp's Vision Laser Center directly, please call 858-939-5085.