As you grow older, you may notice your vision becoming cloudy or dim. This could be due to the development of cataracts in your eyes. These FAQs from M-EYE VISION in Katy, TX, explain more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this eye condition.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop in the lens of your eye. They occur when proteins within the lens begin to clump together and obstruct light from passing through your lens into the retina of your eye. As these clumps grow, they begin to cloud your sight.
What are cataract symptoms?
Early on, you may have no symptoms as cataracts are too small to interfere with your vision. As cataracts grow, however, you may experience:
- Blurred or cloudy sight
- Double vision
- A fading of colors
- Sensitivity to light
- The appearance of halos around lights
- Sight loss
Who can get cataracts?
Although everyone is susceptible to cataracts, they are most common among seniors over the age of 65. That’s because cataracts take years to grow and worsen as time goes by. Cataracts may also develop due to overexposure to sunlight or trauma to your eye.
What is the treatment for cataracts?
Cataracts can be treated through cataract surgery. Your Katy, TX, eye doctor will monitor your condition and recommend the best time for this surgical procedure. In their early stages, cataracts may only cause minor changes in your vision which can be corrected through the use of prescription eyeglasses or contacts. As your symptoms worsen and glasses aren’t enough to correct sight loss, we may recommend eye surgery. Once cataracts make it too difficult to read, drive, watch TV or perform other daily tasks, cataract surgery is your best recourse to restore your vision
Is cataract surgery risky?
Although there’s generally some risk to any type of surgery, cataract surgery is a relatively safe and effective procedure with very high success rate in restoring your vision. Working with an experienced eye surgeon will improve your chances of having a successful procedure.
Is cataract surgery painful?
Some people feel eye pressure and discomfort during this procedure. In general, however, there’s no pain. Your eye doctor will put eye drops in your eye before the surgery to prevent any pain. After surgery, you may be given medication to alleviate any discomfort. Cataract surgery is performed on one eye at a time. Once your first eye has healed, we will schedule surgery for your second eye, if needed.
See Our Katy Eye Doctor for Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
To schedule an eye exam for diagnosis of cataracts, contact M–EYE VISION in Katy at (281) 394-7886. Through a comprehensive eye exam, we can determine if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery.