Cataracts can greatly impact your vision. You may notice changes in your vision that prompt you to schedule an appointment for an eye exam. If you experience any changes in your vision, give us a call here at Granite Pointe Eye Inc. so we can determine what is causing it. Our optometrist can provide a professional assessment of your eye health to make a final diagnosis. If you suspect you may have cataracts and are not sure, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions for you to check out.
What are cataracts?
A cataract is considered clouding of the natural lens of the eye. This lens helps us to focus on things that are at various distances. However, aging can cause a change in the lens resulting in it becoming cloudy. If your cataracts go undiagnosed, the condition can progress and cause blindness. During an annual eye exam, we can check your eye health and spot cataracts early on before symptoms develop.
What causes cataracts?
When a buildup of protein occurs in the lens of your eyes, cataracts can form. As a result, light will be unable to pass through the lens clearly. This could cause you to lose some of your vision. There are also various types of cataracts such as nuclear cataracts, cortical cataracts, posterior subscapular cataracts, congenital cataracts, anterior subscapular cataracts, radiation cataracts, traumatic cataracts, secondary cataracts, and many others.
What are the signs and symptoms of cataracts?
Typical symptoms of cataracts include:
- Fuzzy, foggy, cloudy, or filmy vision
- Changes in perception of colors
- Difficulties driving at night
- Issues with glare from the sun or lamps
- Constant prescription changes
- Double vision
How are cataracts treated?
Normally cataract treatment will consist of cataract surgery. This is because the natural lens of the eye is damaged due to a cataract. During surgery, the damaged lens is taken out and replaced with a clear artificial lens. Surgery is completed in an outpatient setting. Most patients notice a significant change in their vision following surgery. If you have cataracts in both eyes, two separate procedures will need to take place for each eye.
Are there any side effects of cataract surgery?
Side effects may occur with any surgery. Potential side effects can range from sensitivity to bright lights to cornea swelling. However, most patients experience little to no side effects after cataract surgery.
Contact Us for Yor Next Eye Exam in Roseville, CA
We can determine if you need cataract surgery during your next eye exam at Granite Pointe Eye Inc. in Roseville. The key to maintaining eye health is early detection, so scheduling regular eye exams helps us track your eyes before you develop something that significantly affects your vision. To schedule an appointment at our Roseville office, call us or contact us online today.