Treatment for Cataracts from Your Colorado Springs
Although most people associate cataracts with aging, mature patients sometimes express surprise when they learn from our eye doctor that they have them. For many, vision changes take place so slowly that they fail to notice them. Cataract patients can help preserve maximum vision by undergoing regular vision exams at our Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are deposits that accumulate on the lens of an eye. A cataract blocks the passage of light through the clear lens, causing it to cloud. Patients describe this as looking through a foggy glass.
With an early cataract, few visual changes might occur. As the deposit grows, however, it will eventually affect sight.
The most frequent symptoms our Colorado Springs patients experience include:
- Cloudy, dim, or blurry vision
- Light and glare sensitivity
- Growing problems seeing at night
- Frequent need for new corrective prescriptions
- Halos surrounding lights
- Double vision
- Yellowed or faded appearance of colors
- Requiring bright light for reading or other close activities
While it is possible to have a cataract in only one eye, it is more typical to experience them in both eyes. Each might grow at a different rate.
Although some individuals are born with cataracts, this disorder typically occurs with aging. The deposits can arise after surgery for another eye problem or following an eye injury.
Other risk factors include:
- Drinking alcohol
- Specific nutritional deficiencies
- Exposure to UV radiation
- Certain medications
Cataract Treatment Options
The most appropriate treatment for cataracts depends on the extent of vision impairment. Our eye doctor diagnoses them after a comprehensive eye exam that includes reviewing the patient’s health history. Among the tests, patients can expect are refraction of the eyes, visual acuity measurements, and an evaluation of the lens and the retina of both eyes. Also included are testing for sensitivity to glare and eye pressure management.
For an early-stage cataract, close monitoring and changes in prescription eyewear are most appropriate. When the disorder disrupts everyday life, our optometrist refers the patient to an eye surgeon to remove the affected lens and replace it with an artificial one.
Schedule an Exam with Our Colorado Springs Eye Doctor
Do not allow blurry vision or other symptoms of cataracts to rob you of the lifestyle you love. Our full-service Chapel Hills Vision Clinic in Colorado Springs offers a full range of sight-saving services for your entire family.
Whether you need prescription eyewear or treatment to manage an eye disease or disorder, we offer state-of-the-art optometric practices. Make sure you have the best vision possible by calling us today at 719-599-5083 to schedule an exam with our eye doctor.