Your eye health and vision change as you age. The older you become, the greater your risk becomes for developing eye conditions like cataracts. These FAQs from Texas Eye Surgeons in Plano and Greenville explain more about what causes cataracts, how to manage this condition, and how to treat them.
What Are Cataracts?
Normally, the lens of your eye is clear. As you age, however, the lens may begin to cloud over, causing your vision to become blurry or dim. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and are most common among seniors over the age of 65.
How Can I Tell if I Have Cataracts?
In the early stages of cataracts, you may not notice any symptoms. As cataracts grow, however, you may experience the following changes in your vision:
- Blurred or dimmed vision
- Difficulty reading
- Appearance of halos, especially around lights
- Double vision
- Poor night vision
If you notice these or other changes in your vision, contact your Plano/Greenville ophthalmologist for an eye checkup. We’ll provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
Do Cataracts Ever Disappear on Their Own?
No. Neither can you reverse your condition once cataracts start to form. You can, however, minimize the progression of this condition by protecting your eyes from the sun, quitting smoking, drinking in moderation, eating a healthy diet, and managing medical conditions that affect your eye health.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
There’s generally no need to treat mild cataracts if they’re not impairing your sight. Through annual eye exams, your Plano/Greenville eye doctor can monitor your condition. Once cataracts begin to seriously obstruct your vision, we’ll recommend cataract surgery. Surgery is performed on one eye at a time so you can continue having some sight during the process.
What Does Cataract Surgery Entail?
Cataract surgery entails removing your eyes’ cloudy natural lenses and replacing them with Intraocular Lenses (IOLs). IOLs are manmade lenses that take the place of the eyes’ natural lenses to improve your sight. Your eye surgeon will take accurate measurements of your eyes before the surgery to determine the power of IOL that you need. Once in place, IOLs function as a permanent part of your eyes, requiring no maintenance or care to enhance your sight.
Is Cataract Surgery Risky?
All surgeries come with risks and cataract surgery is no exception. By working with an experienced eye surgeon, however, you minimize these risks and increase your chances of having a successful surgery.
See Your Plano/Greenville Ophthalmologist for Cataract Surgery
To schedule an appointment for cataract treatment, contact an eye doctor from Texas Eye Surgeons in Plano and Greenville at (972) 379-3937 today.