In most cases, cataracts are simply a normal part of the aging process that can start to form after the age of 40. This is the age when the proteins of the eye's lens usually start to degrade or bunch together. The cloudiness resulting from cataracts eventually gets worse and blocks light from hitting the retina correctly. This opacity of the eye's lens ultimately causes loss of vision, and over time, complete blindness if not found in time and treated correctly. Our group of skilled eye doctors is equipped for finding and managing cataracts in the first stages and in supporting you in effectively treating any progressing symptoms. At inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham in Birmingham, AL, we treat people who have cataracts virtually every day. Having cataracts is extremely common — so common that cataract surgery is the top surgery conducted in the country.
Typically, the first noticeable symptom of cataracts is progressively hazy vision that isn’t sharpened by the patient's current glasses prescription. Oftentimes, people also realize they require brighter light to read. Additional sight-related symptoms might include poor night vision, abnormal glare or halos, and eyesight with an overall brownish cast. Cataracts aren’t painful and are typically developing for a long time before they lead to any vision impairment. Usually, the condition begins to develop at some point between 40 – 50 years of age, although most people don’t have any cataract symptoms prior to their 60s.
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How common are cataracts?
More than 22 million American adults over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts, according to Prevent Blindness America.
When do cataracts need to be removed?
Cataracts typically need to be removed when they begin to affect your vision and interfere with reading, driving, working, and hobbies. During your consultation at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham, we will examine your eyes and talk to you about your vision to decide if cataract treatment is right for you.
What is the most frequent cause of cataracts?
Most cataracts are caused by the natural effects of aging but can also be caused by damage or injury to the eye. For some people, genetic conditions can increase the risk of developing cataracts.
How do you prevent cataracts or prevent them from getting worse?
- Wear sunglasses or limit exposure to UV radiation
- Get regular eye exams
- Limit alcohol intake
- Don't smoke cigarettes or tobacco products
- Properly monitor and treat diabetes
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly
Is it better to have cataract surgery early?
If you are diagnosed with a cataract(s), and it is affecting your vision, it is often better to go ahead and get treatment. Left untreated, cataracts can cause your vision to worsen and, in some cases, even lead to blindness (although very rare).
Clear Vision After Cataracts
Birmingham, AL patients who are experiencing cataracts symptoms or who haven’t had an eye exam in over a year should schedule an appointment with our team at inVision Ophthalmology Birmingham right away. Particularly for people who are 40 years old or over, receiving comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis is key to catching and managing cataracts and several other eye diseases. With an accurate diagnosis, we can design a personalized treatment plan to correct your cataracts.
How Long Will Vision be Distorted After Cataract Surgery?
The aftereffects of cataract surgery are mild, and most patients can expect visual distortions to clear up within a few days after their procedure.Read
What Should I Do For Halo Vision After Cataract Surgery?
Halo vision and other visual disturbances, such as blurriness, are common side effects after cataract surgery and should gradually fade and disappear.Read
Why Am I Seeing Halos When I Look At Lights?
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