A cataract presents as a cloudy area in the usually clear crystalline lens of your eye. They can develop in one or both eyes and are one of the most common causes for vision loss in Americans over the age 40 years old.
Unfortunately, a byproduct of our natural ageing process is the eventual clouding of the eye’s lens. The lens in our eye progressively increases in thickness and decreases in flexibility and transparency- resulting in cataracts.
The following may increase or directly cause cataracts:
The type of cataracts will determine which of the below symptoms you will experience. They may include:
Early detection by regular eye exams is critical for diagnosing and effectively treating your cataracts before vision loss has occurred. The type and severity of your cataracts will determine the course of treatment prescribed by our Optometrist.
If you are in the early stages of cataracts, the initial form of treatment will likely be eyeglasses2 or contact lenses3, which will provide a visual improvement.
When your prescription eyewear no longer provides functional vision, and your cataracts are interfering with your daily activities, our Optometrist will discuss cataract surgery with you. Due to the prevalence of cataracts in the ageing population, cataract surgery has been well researched and practiced for many years. The success rate for vision correction from this procedure is approximately 90%.
If you qualify as a viable surgery candidate, our Optometrist will refer you to an Ophthalmologist for a surgery consultation.