HOW ARE CATARACTS TREATED?
Dr. Jim Martin 01/14/2015
Yearly eye exams do more than check your eyes for normal changes that come with time; they help diagnose problems such as cataracts. What are cataracts? Cataracts are a clouding that occurs over the lens of your eye, preventing you from seeing properly. There are ways to treat cataracts once you've been diagnosed and enjoy healthy eyes and clear vision once again.
The best way to stay on top of any eye issue is to get yearly eye examinations, especially if you have a family history of eye problems or a personal history of issues. Since cataracts usually develop slowly over time, catching them before they seriously hinder your vision can make treatment easier. Talk to your eye care professional about your risk for cataracts, which may include previous eye surgery, medical conditions like diabetes, previous trauma to the eye area, certain medications that may put you at risk and occupational hazards.
The first line of cataract treatment is protection. Wear sunglasses with plenty of UV protection when you are outdoors and talk to an eye professional about non-invasive ways to treat your condition, including prescription eyeglasses, bifocals or contacts that can help restore your vision to its previous state.
If your cataracts have progressed to the point where corrective lenses simply cannot help, surgery is a viable and safe option, especially with technological advances such as lasers. Essentially, the doctor goes in and removes the clouded lens of your eye that is obstructing your vision, replacing it with an artificial lens to restore sight. This is called an intraocular lens implant. You may not be able to correct both eyes at one time and may have to schedule surgeries on both eyes a couple of months apart.
However, cataract surgery is considered safe and common, with over a million surgeries done in the United States each year. The procedure is an outpatient surgery and should restore vision quite quickly. Once you have surgery to correct cataracts, you may have to visit your eye doctor more frequently to get exams and make sure your eyes are healthy. The surgery has few risks.
Contact Broome Optical in Amarillo for more information about eye exams and correcting cataracts, because we believe life is worth seeing.