Causes of and Treatment for Cataracts
A cataract is a thick, cloudy patch that forms in the lens of an eye. When it forms, it prevents the lens from sending clear messages to the retina, which results in blurry vision. This eye problem usually forms slowly over a long time and eventually causes eye problems. According to the National Eye Institute, over half of the US population gets cataracts by the time they are 80 years. Fortunately, this eye condition has a treatment.
At Exquisite Eye Care in Houston, we pride ourselves on being an exceptional team of eye doctors. If your eyes have cataracts, our optometrist will administer the best solutions possible to minimize the effects cataracts have on your vision.
Symptoms of Cataracts
If you have a cataract in your eye, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision from the infected eye
- Become excessively sensitive to glares
- You have trouble seeing at night
- Colors will seem faded
- Need to change prescribed eyeglasses more often
- See halos surrounding lights
What Causes Cataracts?
Age is the common cause of cataracts as a result of changes that occur when you reach 40 years of age. Exposure over the years causes proteins in the eyes’ lenses to break down and clump together, forming cataracts.
Other causes of cataracts are as follows:
- Spending a lot of time in the sun without sunglasses
- Having diabetes
- Having a family member, that is, your parents or siblings that had or have cataracts
- Ultraviolet radiation, especially on your upper body
- The use of steroids for a long period
- Overproduction of oxidants
How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?
When you visit one of our eye doctors, we will perform a comprehensive eye test before administering any treatment. The diagnosis may include assessing your vision by using an eye chart test and checking your internal eye pressure.
Our doctor might also test how you perceive colors and find your sensitivity to a glaring light. Our doctor will identify any eye condition you may have, including cataracts.
Visit Exquisite Eye Care for Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataracts
There are various types of cataracts. While the only method of curing cataracts is surgery, there are strategies available to treat the condition. Surgery is only recommended to patients whose normal life activities such as driving, reading, and others are interrupted by cataracts.
Call Exquisite Eye Care in Houston at (281) 580-3937 and book a session with one of our optometrists.