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A painless condition, cataracts are the gradual clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. It develops as people age and leads to impaired vision that worsens over time. If the condition is preventing your ability to see the world clearly, cataract surgery may be necessary to repair your vision and restore your quality of life.

Cataracts form on the lens of the eye, which is located behind the iris (the colored portion.) The lens focuses the light that passes into your eye so that it can produce clear images on the retina. With age, the lens loses some of its inherent flexibility. The tissues begin to break down, clumping together and clouding certain areas – which is how cataracts form. Over time, the clouded areas increase in density and begin to affect a larger portion of the lens. This results in the distortion and blocking of light, which prevents a clear image from reaching the retina and leads to blurred vision.

There are several types of cataracts. Nuclear cataracts begin on the center of the lens and cause nearsightedness. They may also result in the yellowing or browning of the lens, which can interfere with your ability to see shades of color. Cortical cataracts affect the edges of the lens and begin as white, opaque areas or streaks. Posterior subcapsular cataracts begin near the back of the lens. They interfere with reading vision and cause halos around lights. And finally, there are congenital cataracts that patients are born with or that develop during childhood due to an infection, genetic factors or trauma.


The primary symptom of cataracts is clouded vision that makes daily activities, such as driving a car and reading, more difficult. Patients commonly report that it feels like they’re looking through a frosty window. Other signs of cataracts include:

  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare
  • Cloudy, blurred or double vision
  • Decreased night vision abilities
  • Worsening prescription
  • Halos around lights

When the condition first develops, you may only notice slight changes in your vision. However, as the cataract grows and clouds more of your lens, your symptoms will become more apparent.

Why choose the Benjamin Eye Institute for your Los Angeles cataract surgery?

Dr. Arthur Benjamin is known as among the best cataract surgeons Los Angeles has to offer. Additionally, their facility and laser suite are among the most advanced in the nation, featuring the latest technology and equipment, along with thoughtful details like humidity and temperature controls designed with patient comfort in mind. In short, at the Benjamin Eye Institute, you can rest assured that you’re receiving world-class, highly capable care as you resolve your condition, improve your eyesight and restore your quality of life.

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If you’re interested in undergoing cataract surgery to improve your eyesight, schedule a consultation with leading cataract surgeons, Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet, today.

During your consultation at our Los Angeles office, they will assess your condition, review your treatment options with you and help you determine which approach is in your best interest.

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