Cataracts can impact your life and tasks like reading and driving challenging. Just as with other vision problems, early detection is important to receive the necessary treatment and preserve your vision. Before you visit our team at Meridian Opthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, for an eye exam and treatment, learn more about cataracts below:
What Are Cataracts and What Is the Cause?
Cataracts are one of the few eye problems that can be noticed. This is because the lens becomes physically cloudy, causing a visible change to your eyes. The main cause is the proteins in the lens of the eye, which help you see clearly, begin to build up on the lens. Cataracts often happen over time with age, however, can also occur due to diabetes or glaucoma. In some cases, an injury to the eye or genetics can be the cause.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts may not present any symptoms at first, which is what makes regular eye exams and monitoring any changes to your vision important. Some common symptoms of cataracts include the following:
- Seeing faded colors
- Having double or blurred vision
- Having cloudy vision
- Seeing rainbows or halos around lights
- Needing new lenses more often
- Having trouble seeing at night
- Having sensitivity to light
Some of these symptoms, such as blurred vision, can indicate various issues and do not immediately indicate the presence of cataracts.
How Are Cataracts Diagnosed and Treated?
Our eye doctors can diagnose cataracts during a comprehensive eye exam. This will include testing your visual acuity at varying distances, checking for refractive issues, testing for sensitivity to glare, checking your color vision, and taking a close look at the lens and retina.
If our eye doctor notices signs of cataracts, they will recommend a course of treatment according to the progression. In the earliest stages, specialty eyewear can help. You might also need good sunglasses with glare protection and have to make some lifestyle adjustments.
If the condition has progressed too far for conservative treatments to work, cataract surgery is often recommended. The procedure involves replacing your natural lens with an artificial one, which will eliminate the cataracts. You may not need cataract surgery, but early detection and ongoing monitoring are essential.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you're noticing signs of cataracts, call Meridian Opthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, today at (601) 483-2616 to make an appointment. We will examine your condition and create a personalized treatment plan that will help you see more clearly.