The older you get, the greater your risk of developing cataracts. By learning more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cataracts, you can be better prepared to handle this condition. The answers to the following cataract FAQs from Orlando Eye Institute in Windermere/West Orlando answers many of the questions you may have about cataracts and the effects they have on your vision.
What Exactly Is a Cataract?
A cataract can be best described as a clouding of the lens of your eye. Cataracts generally develop over a long period of time, which is why they mostly affect seniors over the age of 50.
How Do You Get Cataracts?
Cataracts are caused by chemical changes within your eye that form cloudy protein deposits on the lens. These changes may occur due to age, injury, disease, or hereditary factors. People who smoke or use certain types of drugs are at greater risk for developing cataracts. Overexposure to UV rays from the sun over the years also makes you more susceptible to getting this eye condition.
Are Cataracts Preventable?
As of yet, there are no known ways of preventing cataracts from developing. You can, however, delay their formation by taking good care of your eyes. Wear protective eyewear when in the sun. Quit smoking. Eat healthy foods with vitamins and minerals that promote good eye health.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
As cataracts develop quite slowly, you may have no symptoms in the beginning stages. As time goes by, however, your vision may become blurred or cloudy. You may have trouble distinguishing colors or feel like there’s a film covering your eyes. Your eyes may also become more sensitive to bright lights, particularly at night. Most people develop cataracts in both of their eyes, although they may not develop at the same time or rate.
How Do I Know if I Have Cataracts?
Our Windermere/West Orlando ophthalmology specialist can detect cataracts when performing an eye exam. Regular eye care is key to uncovering "hidden" eye conditions and diseases.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
If cataracts are not affecting your vision, your eye care specialist may decide to wait on treatment. Once the condition reaches the point where you can no longer perform daily tasks or live a normal lifestyle, we will recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a safe and common procedure today that can be performed in an eye surgeon’s office. By working with an experienced eye surgeon, you increase your chances of having a successful procedure.
See Our Windermere/West Orlando Ophthalmology Specialist for Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
To schedule an eye exam for cataract diagnosis, contact Orlando Eye Institute at 407-704-3937 today. We’re here to meet all your eye care needs.