Cataracts form naturally as you age. When dead cells shed from your lens, they gather in the lens and form clouded spots. Since new lens cells form on the outside of the lens, all of the older cells are compacted into the center of the lens, resulting in a cataract.
Surgery is the only way to remove cataracts and restore your vision. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the U.S. It is also one of the most successful. Over 95 percent of cataract surgeries result in improved vision.1 However, like any surgery, there can be complications that can be severe or sight threatening. Your chance of developing complications is greater if you have another eye disease or serious medical condition. Complications can usually be successfully treated, but it's important to discuss your medical history with your eye care professional before making the decision to have cataract surgery.