6 Questions & Answers Cataract Patients Ask Beth R. Friedland M.D.

arztsamui fdpMany Triangle residents from Raleigh, Durham, and adjoining towns come to Park Ophthalmology to seek guidance about changes in their vision, especially new and recent problems, such as double or foggy vision. It is important to note that these kinds of problems can often be symptoms of a cataract.

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States and are very common in older adults. But it’s not just a problem for older people. Sometimes children get cataracts, and many people get age-related cataracts in their 40’s and 50’s. Because this condition affects vision, it can be very disconcerting.

Here are six questions Doctor Beth Friedland’s patients often ask in reference to cataracts:

What exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a cloudy area in the eye’s lens. While not painful, it blocks light from reaching the retina, which can cause vision problems.

What are some common symptoms of cataracts? Sometimes, cataracts do not cause any problems. In other cases, people will notice:

  • Cloudy, fuzzy, or foggy vision.
  • Glare from the sun, lamps or car headlights at night.                                  
  • Frequent changes to their eyeglasses prescription.
  • Double vision in one eye.
  • An improvement in near vision for a time.

What causes cataracts? Eye changes are a normal part of aging; combined with exposure to sunlight, the human eye can develop a cataract over time. But they can also be caused by injury, other eye diseases, certain medications, and other health problems, such as diabetes.

How do you diagnose cataracts? We conduct a complete and thorough eye exam with other tests to determine if there indeed is a cataract causing the vision problem.

How can eye doctors treat cataracts? Many patients with cataracts can see very well with prescription lenses or contacts. For most adults, surgery is only an option when the cataract begins to cause severe vision loss or it affects quality of life.

Is there a way to prevent cataracts? There is no way to prevent cataracts, but staying healthy can often make a difference. Smoking, sun tanning, eating poorly, and diabetes can increase chances for cataracts.

People 60 and older should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. That’s also a great time for Dr. Beth Friedland to check for other eye problems, such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Remember that early diagnosis and treatment for any eye problem leads to the best results.

Regular exams are essential to great vision and eye health. Call us today to schedule your appointment.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about cataract education is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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