Although cataracts are a common eye condition, you don’t have to live with them if they are interfering with your vision. If you are experiencing vision problems and suspect cataracts are the cause, contact Avery Eye Clinic for cataract diagnosis and treatment. We offer quality optometry services to residents in Huntsville, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX. Let’s get more insight into the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this eye condition.
What Causes Cataracts?
Age is one of the main causes of cataracts. As you grow older, protein cells in the lens of your eye may start to deteriorate and clump together, forming a cloud (cataract) over the lens of your eye. This cloud prevents light from entering the retina of your eye for clear vision. As a result, you will experience hazy, blurred vision.
Seniors over the age of 60 are more likely to develop cataracts, but age isn’t the only factor that impacts this condition. If you smoke, drink alcohol excessively, or spend a lot of time in the sun without protecting your eyes, you are at greater risk of developing cataracts. Eye injuries and diseases can cause cataracts as well. Genetics also plays a role in developing this eye condition.
Cataracts generally develop gradually over a period of years. In their early stages, you may experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. As cataracts grow, they will start to obstruct your vision. Some common symptoms are:
- Blurry or hazy vision
- The feeling of a “covering” or film over your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Seeing halos around light
- Loss of color and night vision
- Little improvement in your sight after updating your eyeglass prescription
To counter mild cataract symptoms, your eye doctor may recommend updating your eyeglass prescription. Over time, your symptoms may become so severe that a new prescription will not improve your vision. At this point, it is time for cataracts surgery. Once the symptoms reach a stage where you cannot perform daily tasks, we will recommend cataracts surgery.
Modern advances in cataract surgery have made this procedure a safe and effective means of treating cataracts and restoring vision. The procedure involves removing the cloudy lenses of your eyes and replacing them with artificial lenses to give you clear vision. At Avery Eye Clinic, our ophthalmology team has ample experience in performing cataract surgery, increasing your chances of having a safe, successful procedure.
Contact Our Eye Doctors for Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
To schedule a consultation for cataract treatment, contact Avery Eye Clinic. We provide quality eye care for our patients in Huntsville, The Woodlands, Conroe, and the surrounding communities. Call our team today at (800) 346-6162 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.