What are cataracts?
The lens of your eye helps to focus incoming light on the retina. For the lens to work properly, it must be clear—a cataract is the clouding of that lens. It can happen to either eye or both eyes, but a cataract doesn’t spread from one eye to the other. Cataracts are particularly common in older people. Cataracts result in blurred vision that can become worse over time.
What are common signs of cataracts?
Common signs of cataracts include:
- Clouded and blurry vision
- Fading vision and fading colors
- Double vision
- Difficulty seeing in the dark
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sensitivity to lights
Cataracts can make it harder to read, work, and drive safely so if you notice signs of cataracts schedule an appointment with your optometrist.
Can you prevent cataracts from developing?
Cataracts are often a natural side effect of aging and it people with a family history of cataracts are more likely to develop them. While you can’t always prevent cataracts from developing, you can lower your risks.
To reduce your risk of developing cataracts avoid drinking too much alcohol, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, keep your blood pressure at a healthy level, and protect your eyes from UV radiation.
It is also important to visit your optometrist for regular eye checkups sot that any problems can be caught as quickly as possible.
Sometimes secondary cataracts can be treated with laser eye surgery. (Secondary cataracts often result after treating other eye problems like glaucoma) For other cataracts, the Aloha Eye Clinic offers cataract surgery to help patients regain clear vision. The surgery involves dissolving the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. There are a number of techniques that can be used and your doctor will determine what technique to use based on your unique circumstances.
If you think you may have cataracts or if you’d like to learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment at the Aloha Eye Clinic.