Cataracts: FAQs From Our Optometrist in Fair Oaks
If you have been recently diagnosed with cataracts, you may have been surprised. In most cases, our optometrist in Fair Oaks discovers early signs of the disease before a patient notices any symptoms. Early detection is one of the most important reasons why we ask all our patients to come in for regular eye examinations at Swan Family Optometry. When our patients find out they have cataracts, they naturally have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most common:
What Are Cataracts?
In the front of your eye is a crystalline lens that helps to focus the light coming into the eyeball. When this lens turns cloudy or yellow, that's called a cataract.
How Do Cataracts Form?
Proteins inside your eye can break up and clump together, attaching themselves to the surface of the lens. Once the protein forms a thick enough layer, it will cause cloudiness in your eyesight, preventing you from seeing clearly.
Do I Need Surgery?
Our Fair Oaks optometrist, Dr. Elizabeth Swan, won't decide on a cataract operation until it's absolutely necessary. In most cases, patient can go months or years before needing the procedure. When and if your cataracts progress to the point where they're interfering with your daily activities, that's when we'll discuss cataract surgery.
Aren't Cataracts For Older People?
At least half of all cataracts develop in people over 50, and almost everyone over the age of 65 is beginning to develop them. On the other hand, it's possible for patients of any age to develop cataracts, both naturally or because of a disease or heredity.
What is Cataract Surgery?
When your cataracts have developed enough to warrant removal, our Fair Oaks eye doctor will refer you to a specialist with experience in thousands of procedures just like yours. During the surgery, the ophthalmologist will make a small incision on the surface of the eye. The clouded lens will be removed, and then a replacement lens, called an intraocular lens will be inserted.
In almost all cases, the incision heals on its own with very few side effects. The worst side effects for most patients are itching and sensitivity to bright lights.
What Happens During My Recovery?
The next day after your surgical procedure, you'll come into our office for post-surgical cataract treatment. Our eye doctor will make sure your eye is healing well, and will give you instructions on how to care for your eyes in the coming weeks.
Early diagnosis is the key to keeping your eyesight with cataracts and a wide variety of other eye diseases. Call our office to make an appointment today at 916-966-6080.