What is a Cataract?


Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions in America, and usually occur due to the natural effects of aging. Cataracts can also be diagnosed in young patients, so it’s important to recognize the early symptoms in order to prevent serious damage – even blindness – from occurring later. Cataracts are a progressive eye condition that often reduces a persons ability to perform normal, daily activities. If left untreated, cataracts can cause severe vision impairment, including total loss of vision.

With thousands of cataract surgeries performed, Dr. Michael Sumsion makes the choice for advanced cataract treatment simple & easy. At his on-site, state of the art surgical facility, the Riverside team will treat you to the best care in the North state. Rest assured, your comfort and care is our #1 priority!

Symptoms of a Cataract

Cataracts are typically characterized by a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This clouding of the lens inhibits its ability to properly focus light on the retina. Although age is often the most likely cause of cataracts, the condition can also be related to heredity, diabetes, traumatic injury, and even certain medications. Common symptoms can include:

  • Cloudy and/or blurry vision
  • A halo or glare effect
  • Colors that appear to have a yellowing or fading effect
  • Ghost images
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • White patches over the pupil
  • Gradual loss of vision

More than half of all Americans will have had cataracts by the time they reach 80 years of age. Fortunately, advances in modern day cataract surgery have made it possible to precisely remove cataracts and prevent severe long-term damage to your vision.

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Cataract Treatment Options

Dr. Sumsion offers a number of cataract surgery options that can help you not only remove the threat to your vision, but also restore your eyesight with a reduced need for glasses or contacts.

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Schedule a Consultation with Riverside EyeCare Professionals

For more information on cataracts, or if you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam here at our practice, please contact Riverside EyeCare Professionals today.

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Redding, CA 96001
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