Cataracts are the primary cause of blindness worldwide, accounting for almost half of the world's blind population. If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent vision loss. At Niagara Eye Associates in Erie, Conneaut, Ashtabula, Jamestown, and Meadville, PA, we offer comprehensive eye exams to diagnose cataracts and offer treatment to help you see clearly.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts is a clouding of the normally clear lens in the eyes, which causes blurry vision and vision loss. They normally occur due to the changes our eyes go through as we age. Your eye lens is typically clear when you are younger. However, as you age, the proteins and fibers in the eye lens may start to break down and clump together, causing a cloudy area known as a cataract.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts can produce a variety of symptoms. Some common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sensitivity to light
- Faded colors
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Needing brighter lights when reading
Treatment for Cataracts
Cataracts cannot be treated during their early stages. Instead, patients who have cataracts can manage the symptoms by wearing anti-glare sunglasses or prescription glasses. Our eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery if cataracts are severely impacting your eyesight and interfering with daily activities like driving, reading, or watching television.
What is Cataract Surgery?
Cataract surgery is a common eye procedure, which involves replacing the clouded eye lens with a clear and plastic intraocular lens, also known as IOL. As a result, your symptoms will be reduced and you will be able to see more clearly. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and vision improves immediately after the surgery. However, it is important to note that cataract surgery can’t reverse vision loss due to glaucoma or other eye diseases and conditions.
How Our Eye Doctors Can Help with Cataract Management
Our eye doctors specialize in treating different eye conditions, including cataracts. Once you start experiencing symptoms of cataracts, you need the help of an optometrist to diagnose and manage the condition. Our ptometrist will also refer you to an ophthalmologist if you need cataract surgery.
When you visit us, we may ask about any past eye complications and your treatment history. Our eye doctors might also perform various tests, such as a visual acuity test, tonometry test, and slit-lamp exam, to check your overall eye health and confirm that diseases like macular degeneration aren't present. If you need surgery, our eye doctors will inform you what to expect before, during, and after the procedure to help you prepare before meeting our ophthalmologist.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
At Niagara Eye Associates, we provide quality optometric care to patients in the Greater Erie Area, including Meadville, Ashtabula, Jamestown, Conneaut, and Erie, PA. To learn more about cataracts or to schedule your appointment, contact us at (814) 455-8004 today.