cataract symptoms and risks

Risk Factors for Cataracts

Are you at Risk for Cataracts?

The greatest risk factor for cataracts is simply getting older. The eye’s lens is made up of water and proteins, and over time those proteins begin to clump together, leading to the blurry and fuzzy vision of cataracts. You can change your eye glass prescription only so much, but the only way to cure the cataract is with surgery. This procedure involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts:

  • Blurred Vision -Can happen with objects close-up or at a distance.
  • Seeing Halos around Lights – Halos are bright circles that surround a light source, like headlights.
  • Frequent changes to eyeglasses prescription – You may find that one prescription is not best and you frequently squint.
  • Poor night Vision – You may also have sensitivity to light and trouble seeing in poorly lit places.
  • Faded colors – Cataract surgery can make a major difference because it replaces lenses in the eyes, clearing away the yellowish film.

You may be at risk for cataracts if you:

  • Have certain health problems, like diabetes.
  • Smoke.
  • Drink too much alcohol.
  • Have a family history of cataracts.
  • Have had an eye injury, eye surgery.
  • Have spent a lot of time in the sun.
  • Take steroids.

Advanced cataract surgery allows the surgeon to tailor your procedure with the goal of reducing your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Leading cataract surgeon, Neil B. Griffin, M.D., provides more options for advanced cataract surgery in the local region. He uses the latest cataract Intra-Ocular Lenses (IOLS) that fit your unique eye and/or the RXSight® light adjustable lens which allows optimization of your vision after lens implantation.

The advanced IOLs, and latest vision diagnostics can potentially eliminate one’s dependence on glasses for most activities such as driving, working on a computer, and reading a book, rendering a more natural like-vision. Cataract surgery is performed once in a person’s lifetime, so it is important to consider your lens options.

LASIK and Cataract Surgeon, Dr. Neil B. Griffin, has been named a top cataract surgeon by Precision Eye Services, The National Consumer Advisory Board named Dr. Griffin one of America’s Best Physicians 2021-2023 and he has received over 25 local distinctions, including “Best Cataract Surgeon”, “Best LASIK Surgeon”, and “Best Ophthalmologist”.

Leading Ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Neil Griffin is committed to providing world class surgical technologies and the most advanced vision diagnostics to the North and South Carolina areas. Schedule your cataract consultation today at 843-449-6414 or visit to learn more.