Cataracts tend to develop after the age of 60. Some of the symptoms include blurry or cloudy vision and changes in how you see color. Here we will address common questions about cataracts, like what causes cataracts, treatment, and additional symptoms.
Why do cataracts form?
When protein accumulates in the lens of the eye, your vision becomes cloudy. This protein buildup hinders light from entering the eye clearly. There are several different types of cataracts:
- Age related: This type of cataract forms as you age.
- Congenital: Sometimes babies are born with cataracts. This can be due to infection, poor development in the womb, or injury. Sometimes, cataracts can form later in childhood.
- Secondary: This form of cataract develops due to other medical problems like diabetes. Toxic substances, radiation, or ultraviolet light can also make you prone to developing cataracts.
- Traumatic: This type of cataract can form if there is severe injury to the eye. Cigarette smoke, drinking, and air pollution can also contribute to cataract formation.
What are the symptoms I should watch out for?
Cataracts usually develop at a slow pace. Most patients don’t even realize they have cataracts until they begin to block light. At this point you may notice the following problems: nearsightedness, changes in the way you can perceive color, issues driving at night, problems with glare, double vision, contact lenses or eyeglasses failing to work well, and vision that is film or cloudy.
How are cataracts treated?
If your vision can be helped using eyeglasses or contacts, your eye doctor will provide you with the appropriate prescription. If cataracts are a daily problem for you and need further treatment, you might require a special surgery. Cataract surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. It is an extremely successful surgery and 95% of patients say they can see better after they have it.
Arrange a consultation
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to cataracts, contact Richens Eye Center today. You can reach our team by calling our office located in St. George, Utah at 435.986.2020 (St. George), 435.628.1112 (St. George on Sunset Blvd), or 702-346-2950 (Mesquite).