Frequently Asked Questions about Cataracts
Cataracts can be a frightening subject, especially when you consider that it is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Here are the answers to the most common questions concerning cataracts our Doctors hear on a daily basis at Carolina Vision Care:
What is a Cataract?
There is a lens on the inside of the eye, which focuses light toward the back of the eye, onto the retina. When people grow older, the lens becomes cloudy – this is what we call a cataract. This cloudiness causes decreased and distorted vision.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts can cause a number of visual symptoms. You may see odd-looking halos around lights or experience problems with your nighttime vision. Colors may start to look more muted, and vision may start to blur. These symptoms may continue to worsen over several years.
Why Do People Get Cataracts?
The most common causes of cataracts is the natural aging of the eye as well as and long-term UV exposure (sunlight). Studies show that diabetes can be a contributing factor to developing cataracts. Smokers seem to be at heightened risk as well.
Patients who are serious about safeguarding their vision against cataracts will want to quit smoking immediately as well as work toward managing their overall health, especially those who are diabetic.
How are Cataracts Diagnosed?
Our Doctors at Carolina Vision will examine the lenses of the eyes under a specialized illuminated microscope to see signs of cataracts. Vision testing can confirm and track any vision loss caused by cataracts.
How are Cataracts Treated?
Sometimes cataracts progress so slowly that you may require no or minimal treatment for them for many years. Prescription glasses are prescribed to compensate for blurriness caused by cataracts. When your vision can no longer be corrected with a glasses prescription, we can refer you for a painless surgical procedure to replace the natural lens of the eye with an artificial one. We will then co-manage your recovery and monitor your progress to make sure you're seeing clearly again.
Carolina Vision Care of Greenville Has the Answers
Even though cataracts cannot be reversed, rest assured that modern treatment techniques will help you maintain your eyesight. Call Carolina Vision Care in Greenville, NC, at (252) 752-4380 to learn more and schedule an eye examination at our office!