What are cataracts?
A cataract describes a cloudy area of the lens of your eye. This cloudiness develops gradually over time, typically due to age-related eye changes. As proteins in the lens of your eyes break down, they can clump together and cloud your lens.
You can also develop cataracts at an early age if you experience an eye injury or need eye surgery for conditions like glaucoma.
You might also be at increased risk for cataracts due to:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Frequent sun exposure
- Family history of cataracts
Modern Optometry provides comprehensive cataract services, including comprehensive eye exams and customized cataract treatment plans.
When should I seek medical attention for cataracts?
Many people develop cataracts starting around age 40. As the condition progresses, you can experience changes that affect the accuracy and clarity of your vision.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Modern Optometry if you have issues like:
- Blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Double vision
- Low color vision
Cataracts can also make halos appear around lights and increase your light sensitivity.
During your evaluation, Dr. Verna completes a dilated eye exam to check for cataracts and determine what treatment is best for you.
How are cataracts treated?
Your treatment plan for early-stage cataracts may include wearing glasses with anti-glare coatings. You can also use magnifying lenses to read and do other activities that require clear vision.
If these strategies aren’t improving your vision or your cataracts are severe, Dr. Verna can determine if you’re a candidate for surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens of your eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.
The new lens provides you with clearer vision, and you may notice that colors seem brighter and more vivid. After your eye heals, you may still need prescription glasses or contacts to maximize your vision.
Call Modern Optometry to schedule a consultation for cataracts or book an appointment online today.