Cataracts are a clouding of the eye lens that often develop as we age. Sometimes, they can develop due to an eye injury or a previous surgical procedure. At Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson, TX, we provide comprehensive eye exams to diagnose cataracts and offer treatment that will preserve your vision. Prior to visiting us, learn more about cataracts and why treatment is important below:
Symptoms of Cataracts
The most common symptom of cataracts is cloudy or blurry vision. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes and happen as the protein in your eyes begins to break down, which causes blurry vision. As a result, tasks like driving and reading can become difficult. However, the development is slow and often unnoticeable at first. Some additional symptoms of cataracts include:
- Halos around lights
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Colors appear faded or yellowish
Common Risk Factors
Age is the most common risk factor for cataracts. Some other risks of developing cataracts include:
- Eye injury
- Eye inflammation
- Excess weight
- High blood pressure
Treatments for Cataracts
Your treatment will depend on the severity of your cataracts. If the protein deposits are low and do not affect your vision, our optometrists may recommend continued monitoring. During your appointments, we will check your eye pressure and examine your retina and lens. Along with that, we will perform refraction tests, color and glare sensitivity tests, and measure visual acuity. Corrective eyeglasses with specially coated lenses can help provide clearer vision and eye drops can reduce cataract growth.
Cataract surgery is necessary when the protein develing on the lens is affecting your vision and daily life. During the procedure, our eye doctors will remove the damaged lens and replace it with an artificial one. This is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts, let our team at Richardson Eye Associates in Richardson in Richardson, TX, help. After evaluating your eyes, we can provide a personalized treatment plan that will improve your eyesight and preserve your vision. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule your appointment, call our office at (972)231-3239 today.