When our doctors diagnose cataracts, it surprises many patients because they have not yet experienced noticeable changes in vision. The best way to manage cataracts is through early detection to prevent the condition from negatively impacting a patient's vision and eye health. At Eye-Site of Boynton Beach, we diagnose and monitor cataracts and refer our patients to an ophthalmologist when surgical intervention may improve quality of life. Here are some common questions patients have about cataracts.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are a dense and cloudy area that forms in the lens. This lens helps the eye focus on things that are at various distances. However, aging can cause a change in the lens, resulting in the build-up of proteins and cloudiness. As your cataracts progress, you may start to notice more visual symptoms such as blurred vision, glare and halos around lights. The majority of sufferers often develop cataracts in both eyes. Even when present in both eyes, they sometimes grow at differing rates.
Who is at risk of developing cataracts?
The development of cataracts is most commonly linked to aging. However, some of these growths are present in newborns or develop shortly after birth. Sometimes, prior eye surgery, infection or injury is the cause of cataracts. Systemic conditions like diabetes, alcohol consumption, use of specific medications, or smoking can also increase rate of progression.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
The most common symptoms patients suffering from cataracts experience include:
- Vision that is dim, cloudy, or blurry
- Increasing difficulty seeing after dark
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Observing halos surrounding lights
- Double vision
- Faded or yellowed appearance of colors
- Requirement for brighter and brighter light for close work
- Frequent changes in prescriptions for corrective eyewear
How can an optometrist help?
As part of your comprehensive eye examination, our doctor will check for the presence of cataracts. Depending on the severity, the doctor may recommend monitoring closely, anti-glare eyeglass lens treatment or changes in eyeglass prescription. If cataracts are significantly impacting your vision and they are affecting your activities of daily living, a consult with an ophthalmologist may be helpful. Surgery can be performed to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens.
Contact Us for Your Next Eye Exam in Boynton Beach, FL
We can determine if you need cataract surgery during your next eye exam at Eye-Site of Boynton Beach. The key to maintaining eye health is early detection, so scheduling regular eye exams help us maintain a comprehensive understanding of your eyes and the care they need. Our optometrists are dedicated to providing patients in and around the Boynton Beach area the care they need to maintain optimal vision and eye health. Contact us today to schedule your next eye exam or to learn more about the various optometry services we have to offer.