Cataracts FAQs Answered by Your Optometrist at Christenson Vision Care
Cataracts often impact older adults and can cause blurry or cloudy vision. However, there are treatment options and ways to manage cataracts effectively to prevent vision loss. Christenson Vision Care offers comprehensive eye care services for those suffering from cataracts, including diagnosis, treatment, and management.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts cause cloudy vision and are the result of a protein buildup on the lens of the eye. When protein builds up and clouds the eye, it keeps light from passing through effectively, causing vision loss.
What are the Different Types of Cataracts?
There are a few different types of cataracts, each with their own causes:
- Age-Related: These cataracts form as a person gets older.
- Congenital: These cataracts occur in babies and children and can be caused by poor development, infection, or injury.
- Secondary: These cataracts occur as the result of another medical condition, such as diabetes.
- Traumatic: Trauma to the eye can also cause cataracts to form.
Other environmental factors such as air pollution and cigarette smoke can also increase your risk of developing cataracts.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts?
Typically, cataracts form slowly, so most people are not aware that they have this condition until they begin to block light. Once this happens, the following symptoms might signal that you have cataracts:
- Cloudy, blurry, foggy, or filmy vision
- Changes in the way you see color
- Vision issues while driving at night
- Issues with eyeglasses not working anymore
How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?
Our Hudson optometrist can diagnose cataracts through an eye exam. During your eye exam, the eye doctor will test how well you can see as well as dilate your pupil to check the lens and other parts of the eye to determine if you have cataracts.
How Can You Prevent Cataracts?
Early diagnosis is the key to preventing permanent vision loss. The best way to prevent cataracts is to get routine eye exams. If you are at risk for developing cataracts, your eye doctor can also suggest some additional preventative measures to help you lower your chances.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
If your vision can be corrected, our optometrist will provide you with the correct prescription for glasses or contacts. If it cannot be corrected and the cataracts have begun to impact your daily life, the optometrist may recommend surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing your lens and replacing it with a man-made lens. This outpatient procedure is typically very effective for cataract patients.
Contact Us Today at Christenson Vision Care for More Information about Cataracts
If you have cataracts, it’s important that you seek eye care and vision therapy services from an experienced optometry professional. The optometrists at Christenson Vision Care provide cataract diagnosis, treatment, and management at the Hudson, WI office. To make an appointment to meet with an eye doctor, call us at (715) 381-1234.