If you have cataracts, you may have questions about your condition. We would like to provide answers to some of the most common questions our patients ask us regarding cataracts. We hope this information helps you better understand cataracts and what to expect during treatment. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Andrew Stone Optometry in Columbia, MO.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common condition that affects the lenses of your eyes. There are different types of cataracts depending on how they develop in the eyes. The lenses are responsible for focusing light onto the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Over time, the lenses can become clouded, making it difficult to see clearly. Cataracts typically develop slowly and usually affect people over the age of 40. In some cases, cataracts can develop in childhood.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Blurry vision is the most common cataract symptom. You may also notice that colors seem faded and glare from lights is more bothersome than it used to be. If you have cataracts, you may find it more difficult to see at night. You may also have double vision or see “halos” around lights. At first, you may only have some small issues seeing, but it will become worse without proper intervention.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts usually develop as we get older. The lenses of your eyes are made mostly of water and protein. As you age, the proteins in your lenses can begin to break down. These proteins may clump together, causing the lenses to become cloudy. Cataracts could also happen as a result of trauma to the eye, certain medical conditions such as diabetes, and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
Cataracts typically require surgical treatment to improve vision. During cataract surgery, a cloudy lens is replaced with an artificial one to help you see clearly again. Surgery is usually performed relatively quickly, which means you can go home the same day. We can evaluate your condition to provide effective cataract treatment before and after your surgery.
Are There Complications of Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is typically safe, but there is always a small risk with any surgery. The complications of cataract surgery can include infections, bleeding, and inflammation. In rare cases, the artificial lens can become dislodged. Normal side effects include dry eyes and increased light sensitivity.
Make an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Columbia, MO
At Andrew Stone Optometry, Dr. Stone helps our patients who have cataracts. Don't let this condition rob you of clear vision. Call our team today at (573) 445-7750 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.