Being diagnosed with cataracts does not mean the end of your sight. An eye doctor at Christenson Vision Care in Hudson can help you. Below are some frequently asked questions about cataracts so that you know what to expect.
Cataracts are caused by large amounts of protein build up on the lens of the eye. Protein buildup on the lens is natural, but excessive buildup leads to cataracts. The protein buildup makes it hard to see and if not treated can lead to blindness.
The main cause of cataracts is aging. Over half of Americans have cataracts by the time they are 65. There are other causes of cataracts, as explained below.
There are four main types of cataracts. These types are age-related cataracts, congenital cataracts, secondary cataracts, and traumatic cataracts.
Age-related cataracts are the most common type of cataracts and happen as a person gets older. Congenital cataracts happen in babies and children and may be caused by infection, poor development, and injury to the eyes. Secondary cataracts are caused by another condition, such as diabetes. Traumatic cataracts are cataracts that occur from a traumatic injury to the eye or eyes.
There are several symptoms of cataracts. These include having a hard time seeing at night, blurry or cloudy vision, not being able to see as well with eyeglasses, seeing color differently, and more. Make an appointment to have an eye exam if you have a combination of these symptoms.
An optometrist can help by suggesting certain treatments to prevent cataracts from causing total blindness. We may recommend contacts or glasses if you have mild cataracts. If the cataracts are more advanced, we may suggest you have cataract surgery to improve your vision and prevent more damage from happening.
There are little to no side effects after having cataract surgery. Your eyes may be sensitive to light, itchy, and even blurry right after surgery, but you should be able to see fine after 8 weeks.
Please contact us if you have any questions about cataracts or cataract surgery. Seeing an eye doctor for an eye exam can help you find answers as to what are cataracts and more. We are here to help keep your eyes healthy.
Make an appointment with us as soon as possible to get treated for cataracts. You can visit us at Christenson Vision Care, 2215 Vine Street Suite E, Hudson, WI 54016. You can also make an appointment with us over the phone by calling us at (715) 381-1234.