Realistically, either you or a loved one are likely to consider cataract surgery at some point. Cataracts affect about half of all Americans aged 80 and above and that number grows each year. At Alice Family Eye Center in Alice, TX, we offer cataract pre-op and post-op care.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a cloudy, dense area that forms in your eyes’ lens. The retina converts the light coming through the lens into signals. In this condition, a protein appears in your eye and forms clumps that inhibit the lens from conveying clear images to the retina. Therefore, it is unable to relay the appropriate signals to the optic nerves, which transmit them to the brain. The condition appears slowly and eventually ruins your eyesight. Cataracts are prevalent in older people. If an individual is over 60 and their vision becomes cloudy or blurry, this might be due to cataracts.
The Symptoms of Cataracts
It would be best to consult our optometrist right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Sensitivity to light
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Double vision in one or both eyes
- The need for bright light when reading
As cataracts worsen, they continue to cloud your lens more. Schedule an appointment if you suspect your eyesight is changing.
Diagnosis and Treatment
During an eye assessment, we perform various tests to help us determine if you have cataracts. Our visual acuity tests measure how you read an eye chart accurately. While a slit-lamp exam allows us to see structures like cataracts in your eyes when magnified.
The Complications of Untreated Cataracts
Cataracts worsen with time, so your eyesight will too, making it challenging to do your daily tasks. Unless treated immediately, cataracts might cause total blindness. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally, accounting for half of the globe’s 20 million blind people. Ultimately, cataracts progress at different rates, so postponing surgery can be dangerous. When your eyes are exposed to UV rays or smoke, your cataracts might progress faster.
Contact Alice Family Eye Center in Alice, TX
If you are experiencing cataract symptoms, contact Alice Family Eye Center to schedule an exam. Our eye care team leads in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. Call our team today at (361) 668-3937 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.