Cataracts are a buildup of protein on the ordinarily clear inner lens of the eye. Cataracts can gradually develop over time to eventually impair vision and, in some cases, even lead to blindness.
After diagnosing cataracts, our team has the experience and knowledge to help manage your condition and preserve your vision so you can continue making meaningful memories throughout your life.
Cataracts can begin developing around the age of 40. However, in many cases, cataracts don’t cause noticeable vision problems until age 65. A regularly-scheduled comprehensive eye exam ensures your eye doctor can monitor your eyes for signs of cataracts.
Seeing through a cataract can be described as similar to looking into a foggy window. Colors may appear faded or have a yellowish tint, and people with cataracts may notice halos around lights, especially when driving at night.
During a cataract exam, our goal is to determine the health of the eye’s inner lens. We use some of the same techniques for cataract exams as retinal testing to get an optimal view of your eye’s internal structures, including the lens. We also use slit lamp testing to shine a narrow light beam into your pupil to identify cataracts.
You don’t need to prepare anything specific before your cataract exam. We suggest you take measures to reduce eye strain leading up to your appointment by getting good rest and taking a break from using devices..
We can manage cataracts through adjusted lens prescriptions; however, the only way to effectively treat cataracts is through surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the eye’s inner lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens to provide clearer vision.
Increased light sensitivity, needing a brighter light for activities like reading, blurry vision, and double vision are all signs of cataracts. These signs typically don’t develop until well after a cataract has formed, so it’s important to schedule your regular eye exam so we can monitor for cataracts and diagnose early.
Mindfully taking care of your eye health is an effective way to reduce your risk of cataracts. Eating nutritious foods rich in vitamins C and E is effective. We also recommend quitting smoking, reducing alcohol use, managing health challenges like diabetes, and protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
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