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The human eye contains a lens that bends rays of light in order to see. Over time and under certain conditions, this lens can become clouded, and images are seen as blurred, hazy and less colorful. These symptoms indicated that cataracts have developed on the lens. This clouding can become progressively worse, making ordinary activities like driving or reading difficult. Treatment can help to improve your vision significantly. Your Columbia eye doctor can determine if you are developing cataracts during your regular eye exams.
Cataracts are common in people over the age of 60 as proteins begin to build up on the lens of the eyes. They can also occur because of conditions like diabetes that affect the blood supply to the eyes. Some children are born with cataracts, and sometimes they can develop in childhood.
Cataracts develop gradually and many people don’t notice the subtle symptoms of increased nearsightedness or have double vision. You may feel there’s a film over your eyes that prevent clear sight or notice that colors appear less bright than normal. Night driving may be impossible because of increased glare from headlights, and glare from sunlight during the daylight hours may bother you more than usual. Some people notice that they need frequent changes of an eyeglass prescription. Your Columbia eye doctor can advise you of the need for treatment if you have developed cataracts.
Cataracts Treatment generally involves surgery to remove the natural lens and replace it with a man-made lens. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis, so you can return home the same day. You will be advised to limit your activities for a few days after surgery. You may be given drops to put in your eyes, and you may have to wear protective coverings on your eyes when you sleep. Cataract surgery is quite common and has a very high rate of success.
When you make Andrew Stone Optometry your optometrist in Columbia MO, you can be assured of superior in all facets of your eye health. Dr. Andrew Stone and friendly staff ensure that you have individualized care, for examinations, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, computer glasses, sunglasses, sports glasses or treatment of cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases. Contact Andrew Stone Optometry today at 573-227-4052 for an appointment to learn more about cataracts and how you can protect your vision throughout your life.
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