While cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, the prevention and treatment of this condition has come a long way. With proper care, you can protect your vision throughout your life. Routine visits to our office allow for the earliest detection of cataracts. By diagnosing cataracts and providing guidance on care, we can help you preserve the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens, which causes vision to become blurred and light entering the eye to appear blocked or scattered. If you have cataracts, it may feel like you are always looking through a foggy window. Symptoms can include difficulty reading, sensitivity to light and glare, seeing halos, double vision and poor night vision. During a comprehensive eye exam, we’ll perform a visual acuity test and utilize diagnostic tools to evaluate the overall anatomy of your eyes to accurately diagnose cataracts. In the United States more than 20 million people over the age of 40 have cataracts. Cataracts is often an age-related eye disorder, however factors such as diabetes, steroid use, smoking and excessive sun exposure can also contribute to the development of cataracts. By wearing sunglasses, making healthy lifestyle and dietary choices and visiting our office for periodic exams you can protect the health of your eyes and help to prevent the development of cataracts.
Today, there are a number of treatment options our practice offers for patients with cataracts to help them enjoy improved vision pre-surgically, including anti-glare sunglasses, changing your glasses prescription and magnifying lenses. We also provide post-surgical vision care to monitor the ongoing health of your eyes and provide corrective eyeglasses as needed. Cataract surgery involves removing the damaged lens and replacing it was an artificial lens that allows you to see clearly. With a success rate that tops 98%, cataract surgeries can typically be performed on an outpatient basis with a short procedure that takes less than one hour.
At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.