Eye Care Treatment for Cataracts

As you get older, your eyes become more susceptible to several diseases. One of the more common conditions is cataracts. Fortunately, this is a condition that can be treated by the doctors of optometry at Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA.

What Are Cataracts?

The lens of your eye is normally clear and flexible, and allows light to refract in order for us to see images. As we age, proteins in the lens breaks down, creating a foggy or cloudy area to develop in the lens. This in turn makes seeing difficult.

Who Is At Risk For Cataracts?

The most common risk factor for cataracts is age. A few other risk factors include:

    • Having diabetes
    • Having high blood pressure
    • Obesity
    • Smoking
    • Excessive drinking
    • Previous eye injury or surgery
    • Prolonged use of corticosteroids

What Are the Symptoms Of Cataracts?

Most people who have cataracts compare their vision to looking out a dirty window. Other symptoms include:

    • Blurry vision
    • Trouble seeing at night
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Fading color vision
    • Seeing halos around lights
    • Double vision in one eye
    • Needing brighter lights for close-up work
    • Needing to change your prescription frequently

How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?

Cataracts can be detected during an annual eye exam. Your optometrist may perform a visual acuity test to determine if your vision has gotten worse, dilate your eyes so that our doctor can get a good look at your retina, and use a slit lamp to detect cataracts.

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Your eye doctor may give you a new prescription to treat the symptoms that you are experiencing. Over time, as the condition worsens, a new prescription may not be enough. If your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, your eye doctor may suggest cataract surgery.

What Is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is a standard, outpatient procedure. During the surgery, your eye surgeon will remove your eye's natural lens, and replace it with an artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). The lens that your eye doctor chooses would depend on your refractive error. Options include:

    • Accommodating Focus: These lenses allow you to focus at different distances, and they respond to the movement of your eyes.
    • Multifocal: This IOL is similar to bifocal lenses. You are able to see both close-up and at a distance.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts, schedule an appointment with Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA. With proper eye care, we can help improve your vision and treat all of your symptoms. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 916-966-6080.

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