What are Cataracts?
Just as you find your entire body being affected as you age, your eyes are no different. Cataracts are one of the most common ophthalmic issues we see with aging. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which will progressively worsen over time. This occurs because proteins in the lens begin to break down and stick together. In the beginning stages, symptoms may be controlled by wearing glasses or contact lenses. As symptoms progress though, glasses and contacts will no longer work, and the cloudy lens will need to be removed in order to see clearly.
Symptoms of cataracts include cloudy or blurry vision, difficulty reading, light sensitivity, glare or seeing halos around lights, difficulty seeing at night, and double vision, among others. Those who suffer with cataracts may also notice that colors seem to be faded or that your prescription eyeglasses aren’t as effective and need to be updated sooner than normal.
Cataract Risk Factors
You may be at an increased risk for cataracts if you smoke, drink excessively, have a history of eye surgery or injury, spend a good deal of time in the sun, have a family history of early cataracts, or have health issues such as diabetes. Risk Factors for cataracts increase as you get older.
If you believe you may be at increased risk for cataracts or are experiencing symptoms, talk with your ophthalmologist and eye specialist to be screened and treated.
Eye cataract treatment can involve some lifestyle changes, especially at the beginning, in order to slow down the progression. This can mean simply using brighter lights, wearing sunglasses, using lenses that are anti-glare, or getting a new glasses prescription. Keep in mind though, that your symptoms will naturally worsen over time until glasses or contacts no longer work. When you notice that your cataracts are interfering with your everyday activities – whether it’s driving, reading, or watching TV, it’s time to consult with your eye care specialist in order to improve your vision.
At the time of surgery, your ophthalmologist will replace the cloudy natural lens with an artificial lens, that is crystal clear. The clear lens will let light through and allows you to have great vision. It’s a very common and simple procedure, and nearly all patients go home the same day. Cataract surgery in most patients takes only about 10 minutes- and most people see better the next day! It can be tremendously rewarding to improve your vision and quality of life from a simple, 10-minute procedure. Our patients are extremely grateful for the personalized care and attention, which improves not only their vision, but also their quality of life.
At Vision Specialists of California, it is our duty to fully evaluate and treat your eyes according to the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We treat you with the time and respect you deserve as not just another patient, but as a valued member of our community. Call (619) 501-9050 today to set up a consultation with our specialists and get the care you deserve.