How do cataracts affect your vision?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's naturally clear lens. Your eye becomes like a window that is frosted or yellowed.

How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of year.

How do I use this simulator?

Drag the slider from left to right to see how this condition progresses. The further to the right, the more advanced the condition.

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