About Cataracts

A cataract is when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and makes it hard to see. The clouding can get larger over time and cause vision to worsen as the lens hardens and becomes discolored. Mild cataracts may only require a new eyeglass prescription and careful monitoring by a Columbia ophthalmologist. Still, advanced cataracts may require surgery to remove the cataract and replace the lens with a new artificial one.


Our Columbia ophthalmologists will perform a standard exam with special devices such as a slit lamp or an ophthalmoscope to test for fluid pressure in the eye.


Usually, cataracts develop slowly unless they are caused by trauma. The main symptoms include:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity with a possible halo effect
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Double vision
  • Loss of color clarity
  • Visual distortions
  • Deteriorating vision

Why Choose Columbia?

Columbia’s specialists treat both mild and advanced forms of many different types of cataracts. Our cataract division offers a wide range of treatment options that we can tailor to meet your individual needs. We specialize in the latest surgical technologies for patients who require surgery, such as laser-assisted surgeries, and patients can also select from a range of premium artificial lens options. And our cataracts surgeons perform the latest, most advanced procedures, and most complex surgeries in the area. However, Our main goal is to diagnose your cataracts, monitor the condition, and make sure we do everything possible to keep your vision as strong as possible.