Dr. Jim Martin 10/24/2013

cataract.jpgThe first indication you have cataracts might be that you notice that your vision is blurred while you’re shopping at the supermarket and can’t read the prices. It could be that you’re noticing a glare in your vision that was never there before. Perhaps the final straw was when the only thing that saved that crowd in the crosswalk was your passenger’s timely warning to slam on your brakes because you couldn’t see them late at night. Regardless of what brought you to the realization that your eyes are causing you problems, a timely visit to an eyecare professional should be scheduled to determine if you’re suffering from the cloudy conditions caused by cataracts.

What Does Age Have to Do with Cataracts?

Cataracts cause the otherwise clear lens of the eye to become cloudy or opaque, and the condition is primarily linked to a lifetime of exposure to the ultraviolet light from the sun. As a result, most older adults will be eventually affected by this condition. Simply stated, it makes sense that the longer your eyes are subjected to these rays of the sun, the more likely they would develop this condition.

Although the likelihood older adults will eventually develop cataracts is high, the good news is that it’s easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified eye care professional. Seniors who notice vision problems therefore need to be proactive in protecting their vision.

What Are Cataract Symptoms and Treatment Options?

Common cataract symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, poor night vision, double vision, colors appear more faded, and the glare of headlights, lamps, or sunlight causes a halo to appear around light sources.

These tell-tale signs can also be indicators of other eye problems, which is why it’s always important to see an eye doctor annually. Eye doctors utilize a battery of tests to determine if cataracts or some other condition is affecting your vision. Such testing can include dilation of the eyes, visual acuity testing, refraction, as well as specialized scanning technology of the cornea and retina.

Once a diagnosis of cataracts is made, a treatment regimen may be as simple as a change in your eyeglasses prescription, or it may be necessary to schedule out-patient cataract surgery. The procedures are minimally invasive and can have you seeing again quicker than you would have ever thought possible.    

To ensure that your eyes are seeing as well as they possibly can in Amarillo, Texas, you should call the experienced eye care professionals at Broome Optical for a great vision experience.  Their qualified eye physicians, and caring support staff, can help you restore your sight to the condition it was in before cataracts slowly started to steal it.  

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