As we mature, all individuals notice a change in the way their eyes handle near vision. These changes are normal and are caused by changes to the lens in our eye. Changes in the lens with time are very consistent among all individuals. The lens starts out clear and flexible, with time, both clarity and flexibility decrease. Around the age of 40, the flexibility has decreased enough to require some help with reading. By the age of 50, the lens is becoming less clear and the flexibility has decreased enough to require full-time reading help. As a person approaches their late 60s, the lens has lost all flexibility and many individuals will start to observe the effects of cataracts. Symptoms include glare while driving at night, color distortion, and a haze that does not clear up with glasses or contact lenses. Age-related reading problems can be addressed with glasses that correct vision at all distances and cataracts are easily removed in a minimally invasive surgery. Cataract surgery allows most people the opportunity to utilize custom replacement lenses to be implanted in the eye. This restores distance vision to near perfect without the use of glasses and contact lenses.