All About Cataracts
Cataracts can greatly affect your sight and quality of life if not treated in a timely manner. At Meridian Ophthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, our eye doctors can help you with this condition. Keep reading below for more information about cataracts and how we can assist you.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are opaque protein formations in the natural lenses of eyes that disrupt normal vision. They can also cause blindness over time.
There are several causes of cataracts. These causes include aging, UV-light exposure, physical eye injuries, genetics, diabetes, and other health issues.
Many people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with cataracts. There are some conditions that can cause babies to be born with cataracts, but these cases are rare. Other causes include too much radiation or sunlight, smoking, using corticosteroids for a long period of time, and drinking too much alcohol. Having a healthy lifestyle can help delay the formation of cataracts.
One or a combination of these symptoms can signal that you are developing cataracts. These symptoms are:
- Noticing halos around lights, especially at night
- Vision that is blurry or cloudy
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Changes in how colors are seen
- Not being able to see well at night
If you have one or more of these symptoms, call us in order to schedule an appointment and diagnosis to see whether or not you need to be treated for cataracts.
Eye Care Options
Early treatment for cataracts includes contact lenses and corrective glasses to compensate for blurry vision. Once cataracts have progressed to the point where they significantly impact a person’s vision, the only treatment available is surgical removal.
There are two types of cataract surgery. Ultrasonic is when a small cut is made in the eye to remove the lens and replace it with an intraocular lens. Other surgeries include correcting near and far sightedness. When surgery is recommended, our ophthalmologist can explain the options and procedures available to you.
Eye Care with Us
Contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible if you suspect you have cataracts. Our ophthalmologist will evaluate your condition and make recommendations for treatment. Once you get a diagnosis, our team can discuss and start a treatment plan for you.
At Meridian Ophthalmic Associates, we are here to help if you or a member of your family has cataracts. Contact us at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment and treatment plan. Contact us at Meridian Ophthalmic Associates, 1300 25th Ave., Meridian, MS 39301. You can also make an appointment over the phone by calling us at (601) 483-2616.