Cloudy vision is a common sign of cataracts. As you age, proteins in the lens of your eye may start to break down, forming a cloud over your vision. As the cataract grows, it can obstruct your sight, causing blindness. These FAQs from Avery Eye Clinic explain more about the causes and symptoms of cataracts and how our team can help. We offer eye care services to residents of Huntsville, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX.
Who gets cataracts?
Although anyone can get cataracts, seniors are more prone to this age-related condition. In fact, cataracts are often considered a natural part of aging. Diabetes, certain medications, and eye injuries can also put you at risk of developing cataracts.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Cloudy vision is one of the most prominent symptoms of cataracts. Other symptoms include:
- Loss of color vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty driving at night due to glare from vehicle headlights
- Halos around lights
- Double vision
- Frequent changes in prescription eyewear to compensate for visual problems
If you're experiencing these symptoms or other visual problems, contact our team for a diagnosis of your condition.
How are cataracts diagnosed?
Cataracts can be diagnosed during an eye exam. If you're in the early stages of cataracts, our eye doctors may recommend upgrading your eyeglasses prescription to compensate for changes in your vision. We'll carefully monitor your condition over the years to see if it worsens. If your cataracts reach the stage where you can no longer perform daily tasks due to impaired vision, we will recommend cataract surgery.
How are cataracts treated?
Cataracts are treated through cataract surgery. Our eye care specialists will let you know the best time to have this procedure. Cataract surgery entails removing your eye's cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens to improve your sight. Surgery is the only way to restore optimal sight. If you have cataracts in both eyes, surgery will be done on one eye at a time. After the first eye has healed, we will do the other eye.
How long after surgery does it take for me to see clearly?
Most cataract patients experience improved vision within 48 hours of their procedure, but it may take others several weeks to see clearly. As your eyes become accustomed to the new lens, your vision will improve. Our eye doctors may prescribe eye drops to reduce the risk of infection after surgery.
Visit Us for Professional Eye Care
To schedule a consultation for cataract diagnosis and treatment, contact Avery Eye Clinic, serving residents in Huntsville, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX, at 936-539-4500.