Cataracts are the reason behind more than half of the reported cases of blindness in the world. Currently, roughly 24 million Americans have this vision-threatening condition. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, your trusted provider of LASIK co-management and other optical services, talks about this problem in detail.
The proteins that make up your lenses may break down as you age. As a result, protein fragments may accumulate on your lenses’ surface, leading to cataracts or clouding of your vision. Cataracts may block light from entering your eyes.
Signs and Symptoms
The early stages of cataract development may not reveal any manifestations. However, you may experience vision difficulties as the conditions progress. Your vision may seem cloudy, hazy or blurry. You may feel that you need brighter eyeglasses. You may also notice increased glare sensitivity and reduced night visual acuity later on. You may have problems carrying out your daily activities as well. If you notice any of these, visit your optometrist immediately.
While cataracts often develop during your older years, congenital cataracts may appear among newborns due to heredity. Those who have pre-existing medical problems, like diabetes, are at a higher risk of having secondary cataracts. Traumatic cataracts may also happen as a complication of eye injuries or surgeries while overexposure to radiation may result in radiation cataracts.
Regular eye exams can help in the early detection and treatment of cataracts. Upon confirming their presence, we may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses with stronger prescriptions to maximize your visual capacity. If the cataracts are significantly affecting your eyesight, we may recommend removing them through surgery. This can help maintain your safety, daily efficiency and quality of life. Rest assured we’ll explain the procedure completely, answer all your questions and help you prepare for it.
For more information about cataracts, get in touch with us today at (757) 772-0086. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents in Norfolk and the surrounding VA areas.