you grow older, you increase your risk of developing cataracts in
your eyes. Over time, cataracts can begin to affect your vision. An
eye exam from our St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township ophthalmology
specialists at Eastside Eye Physicians PC can confirm whether you
have this condition. The following cataracts FAQs explain more about
cataracts, their causes, and treatment options.
What Exactly Is A Cataract?
The lens of your eye is normally clear, providing you with good vision. As you age, however, it can become cloudy or opaque. This cloudiness is a cataract. Cataracts generally start as small cloudy areas and grow over the years to cover a larger area of your lens, obstructing your vision.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts may develop for various reasons. Your eyes may undergo chemical changes over the years, causing the lens to cloud over. Heredity factors, eye injuries, or eye diseases may contribute to the development of cataracts. If you smoke or expose your eyes extensively to UV rays from the sun, you increase your risk of getting cataracts.
How Do I Know I Have Cataracts?
Cataracts generally don’t have symptoms in the early stages. As the cataract grows, however, you may experience blurred vision, loss of color perception, and loss of night vision. Your may have cataracts in one or both eyes and they may develop at the same time or at different times. Our St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township ophthalmology specialists can confirm during your eye exam if you have cataracts.
What’s the Difference between Mild and Mature Cataracts?
Mild cataracts are fairly small and have little to no effect on your vision. Through routine eye exams, our ophthalmology doctors can monitor your condition to see how it affects your vision. If your condition worsens, we may recommend surgery to have the cataracts removed.
Mature cataracts have advanced to the stage where they are impairing your vision. If our eye care doctors say you have mature cataracts, it’s time to seriously consider cataract surgery.
Is Cataract Surgery Risky?
Although all surgeries involve some measure of risk, modern advances in cataract surgery have made this procedure fairly common in society today. By choosing our experienced eye care specialists to perform this procedure, you increase your chances of having a problem-free, successful surgery.
How Can I Prevent Cataracts from Developing?
Cataracts aren’t exactly preventable as they’re pretty much a part of the aging process. You can, however, delay them from developing by taking good care of your eyes. See our ophthalmology doctors for cataract diagnosis and treatment.
To schedule a consultation with our doctors of ophthalmology for cataract diagnosis or treatment, contact Eastside Eye Physicians PC in St. Clair Shores at 586-774-2020 and in Shelby Township at 586-247-2020 today. We look forward to meeting you and handling all of your eye care needs.