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Cataracts vs. Glaucoma: What’s the Difference?

Although cataracts and glaucoma are commonly confused, they are actually quite different.

Cataracts are very common and are part of the normal aging process of the eyes. As we get older, the lens inside our eyes starts to get cloudy. This can start to affect our vision. Treatment for cataracts involves replacing the natural lens with a lens implant during an outpatient surgical procedure.

Glaucoma, on the other hand, is an eye condition that is not related to normal aging. It is a disease of the optic nerve that, if left untreated, can cause permanent peripheral vision loss. It is typically caused by high eye pressure and treatment usually involves eye drops to lower that pressure. It is important to know if a family member has glaucoma, because if they do, it is slightly more likely for you to develop it as well.

Don’t worry though, at Complete Family Eye Care, our optometrists check for both cataracts and glaucoma every year at your annual eye exam! So consider yourself in good hands!

So remember… When you think eyes, think Complete Family Eye Care!