A cataract is a yellowing of the natural lens in the eye. It is not a growth. It is usually a gradual process in which the lens becomes less clear and harder to see through. The lens, when unclear, is unable to focus light the way it should. Often light is scattered and images become unclear.
Floaters are caused by capacities in the vitreous jelly that cast a shadow over the retina. The eye is filled with this jelly called the vitreous. The vitreous is clear and fills the eye. As we get older, it shrinks just like older jello might shrink in a bowl it’s made in. In the eye, it pulls away from the sides of the eye.
If you are coping with dry, itchy eyes, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans suffer from skin and eyelid inflammation that instigates painful ocular conditions like dry eye. Eye drops might provide a temporary solution, but it’s unrealistic to rely on a “bandaid solution” for the rest of your life.