Cataracts: 6 Questions To Ask Your Eye Doctor

If your world is getting a little cloudy, it may not be the weather. You could be developing cataracts, which means the lens in one of your eyes – or both eyes – has becomes partly or completely cloudy.

The lens plays a vital role in helping us see clearly. When you look at something, light passes through the clear cover or cornea, which bends it and sends it inside the eye to the lens. The lens then focuses the light onto the retina – which acts like the film in a camera – inside the eye. The retina then sends the information to the brain

At some point in many of us, our lenses will start to change and go from clear to cloudy which will prevent the retina from receiving a sharp image – and the image you see will be blurry. If this has happened to you, you may be wondering if you’re developing cataracts – and have questions about what to do. This Q&A can help you find answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about this eye condition:
How will I know if I have cataracts?
If you’re over 60 and your vision has started getting cloudy or fuzzy and colors seem faded, you may have cataracts. Some people begin to experience these symptoms as early as in their 40s or 50s. Other changes in vision to watch for include reduced night vision, halos around lights and double vision. Getting cataracts is part of the normal aging process – although it can happen at any time in your life – and also a common condition if you have diabetes, an eye injury, or use steroid eye drops or tablets. If you smoke, […]

What is a LASIK Self-Evaluation?

A LASIK Self-Evaluation is an interactive online tool to help you determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery. While this is not a substitute for a full LASIK Consultation from an experienced ophthalmologist, it is a great first step in the LASIK research process.

The Self-Evaluation asks questions about what your vision is like right now, such as:

I can’t see things up close
I can’t see things far away
It’s difficult for me to drive
I’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism
I wear glasses / contacts / reading glasses

The Self-Evaluation also asks questions regarding your current medical health and your eye health. This information is kept strictly confidential.

When all of the details are submitted, the Evaluation tallies the information and provides an immediate, personalized result as to whether or not LASIK might produce the results you desire. You can use this information to further research your options or as back-up information to share during your full LASIK Consultation with a surgeon. The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for LASIK is by having a complete eye exam to determine your corneal thickness and overall eye health.

The doctors at Medical Eye Center in Medford offer a free LASIK Self-Evaluation on their website at If you are considering LASIK, we encourage you to take the quick assessment to see what might be best for your unique situation.