Cataracts are a common eye condition that typically affects the older population. If you are wearing glasses, but still have trouble seeing clearly, cataracts could be the reason. Our optometrists at Kelly Vision Center in Goodlettsville often diagnose and treat cataracts with the best care possible.
As time passes, it is common for the proteins in the lens of your eyes to build up, which causes your vision to become blurry. Initially, the problem can be fixed with a change in your eyeglasses prescription. However, most of the time, surgery is needed to replace a clouded lens with an artificial lens.
The Symptoms of Cataracts
The symptoms of cataracts are subtle during the initial stages, but there are noticeable signs as it progresses. These symptoms may include any of the following:
- Foggy or blurry vision
- Halos around lights or increased difficulty with night driving
- Double vision in the affected eye
- Constant need for a stronger prescription
It is recommended to have an annual comprehensive exam with an optometrist if you are over the age of 60. These individuals are more susceptible to cataracts.
How Do Cataracts Form?
Your eyes change over time, which is the primary reason for cataracts. However, other reasons make the development of this eye condition more likely. If you have a current health condition like diabetes, you are more likely to get cataracts. Individuals who have had years of exposure to UV light are also at a higher risk of cataracts. It is recommended to wear a quality pair of sunglasses if you are spending a lot of time outdoors. You are also at a higher risk if you have had previous eye injuries.
Diagnosing and Treating Cataracts
A dilated exam with an eye doctor is needed to diagnose cataracts. Our optometrists will examine the lens and other internal structures. Cataracts in the initial stages can typically be treated with a new eyeglasses prescription. Once the patient determines that cataracts are making daily life too difficult, we typically suggest surgery.
There are occasionally some minor side effects following surgery, such as watering of the eyes or blurry vision. However, you should expect to return to normal within four to six weeks following surgery. Post-operative checkups are needed with our eye doctors after the surgery.
Contact Our Optometrists In Goodlettsville, TN
Our eye doctors at Kelly Vision Center are here to help if you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts. Call our team today at (615) 868-2877 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.