Cataract is when the lens of your eyes becomes cloudy and dense. This condition is very common to older people. This is caused by the proteins in your that have break down and caused things to look blurry and less colorful. Having this condition is like looking through a dirty, dusty, and foggy windshield. Although cataracts are not painful, they cause discomfort by making the eyes very sensitive to light.
Cataract starts to develop at around the age of 40 but symptoms show until after 60. Cataract develops very slowly; it usually affects both eyes but doesn’t usually form at the same time. According to the National Eye Institute, over half of United State’s population have cataracts by the time they turn 80 years old.
The most common symptoms of cataract can also include:
· Having blurry vision
· Seeing color as faded
· Hypersensitivity to glare and bright lights
· Poor night vision
· Needs bright light when reading
· Double vision
· Constant need to change prescription glasses
Aging is the most common cause for cataracts, though the following could also be one of the risk factors and reasons you may get cataracts:
· Have a history of cataract in the family
· Medical problems, such as diabetes
· Had an eye injury or surgery
· Spending a lot of time under the sun, without eye protection
· Taking certain medications that causes early formation of cataracts, such as corticosteroids
One way of protecting or slowing down the development of cataract is by protecting your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet light rays by wearing sunglasses. Having your prescription glass with a anti-UV coating can also be of great help too.
Cataracts can lead to vision loss when left untreated. Although some cataracts can stop growing, they don’t get smaller or heal on their own.
If your cataract is already preventing you from doing your usual daily activity, your doctor might already suggest you do surgery to treat your cataract. Surgery to remove cataract is proven to be safe and has a very high success rate. It only takes about eight weeks for your eye to generally heal after surgery.
After surgery you may still have some blurriness. But you should notice an improvement in your vision within the first weeks. You may also need to wear glasses after the surgery.
Having cataracts on both eyes, the surgery would be several months apart. Not having the surgery at once will give both eyes the chance to heal.
Cataract is one of the very common reason people lose their vision, but they can be treated. You should discuss your symptoms with an ophthalmologist and create a treatment plan designed for you and your condition.
At Doral Health and Wellness Ophthalmology Center, our team in ophthalmology department will help you with your diagnosis and the treatment course fit for you. We also offer several different implant options to reduce your need to use prescription glasses after the surgery. Our team of specialist and ophthalmologist will work with you for your after-surgery care. We aim to provide the best quality eye care services in Brooklyn. Our specialist and his team are very committed to providing the highest level of care for all of his patients.
To book an appointment with our specialist, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, or call us at 347-868-1060. You can also visit our website at https://www.ophthalmologybrooklyn.com and book an appointment online.