Cataracts are a frequent cause of deteriorating eyesight among older people, and if your vision is becoming cloudy, you could be developing cataracts. Sean M. Stevens, OD, and Tiffany Brawner, OD, at ReVision Optix in Simpsonville and Greenville, South Carolina, can diagnose the cause of your cloudy vision and provide effective treatments for cataracts. If you can’t see clearly anymore, call ReVision Optix today, or book an appointment online.
Cataracts are a common eye problem that develops due to protein build up in your eye’s lens. The proteins prevent light from passing through the lens properly, making your vision cloudy, and in time you can lose some of your sight.
Cataracts can form as a result of the aging process, but babies can have a genetic predisposition that causes them to be born with cataracts, or they can develop cataracts during childhood.
Cataracts can also form after a traumatic eye injury or as a result of some medical conditions, such as diabetes. External causes of cataracts include:
You’re also at a higher risk of developing cataracts if you smoke or are a heavy drinker.
In most cases, cataracts develop slowly, so you might not be aware of any problems at first. As cataracts increase in size and begin to block out more light from the lens in your eye, you’ll start to notice symptoms like:
You should visit ReVision Optix if you have any of these symptoms so your optometrist can check your eyes.
In some cases, new prescription glasses or contact lenses can compensate for the effect of cataracts. If your vision isn’t likely to respond to corrective lenses, then cataract surgery is the proven solution to the problem.
Cataract surgery is a straightforward outpatient procedure that involves an eye surgeon removing the lens that has a cataract and replacing it with a synthetic lens. Cataract surgery is highly successful, and the vast majority of patients who undergo surgery regain clearer vision afterward.
Your optometrists at ReVision Optix refer their cataract patients to a team of surgeons with whom they work closely. That way they can ensure you receive the best care and the most favorable results from your cataract surgery, while all your pre- and post-op care takes place at ReVision Optix.
If you’re experiencing blurring of your vision or notice cloudiness in your eyes, call ReVision Optix today, or book an appointment online.