Eye Care Treatment for Cataracts
Cataracts are a very common eye condition that can lead to vision impairment. As you age, tissue deposits build up inside of the lens of your eye. This lens helps you to see objects clearly by creating a path for light to enter the retina. As cataracts grow, the path becomes blocked, blurring your vision. Fortunately, there are many treatment methods available to correct your vision and remove the cataract. You can find those methods at Burcham Eyecare Center in Aurora, CO.
Who Is At Risk For Cataracts?
People over the age of 40 are at risk of developing a cataract, however, certain factors can put you at greater risk. These include:
- Smoking and excessive use of alcohol
- Overweight and obesity
- High blood pressure
- Eye inflammation
- Previous eye injury
- Eye surgery
- Long-term use of corticosteroids
- Lack of eye protection when out in the sun
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
In the early stages, cataracts show little to no symptoms. As your condition progresses, the symptoms include:
- Feeling like you are looking out a dirty window
- Blurry vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Trouble seeing at night
- Light and glare sensitivity
- Double vision in one eye
- Needing brighter lights when reading
How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?
During your annual eye exam, your ophthalmology or optometry specialist will perform a visual acuity exam, a slit-lamp exam, and a retinal exam. Cataracts can be detected using each of these tests.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
Our doctors in Aurora can prescribe you a new eyeglass prescription to help with your vision. If your symptoms worsen, surgery may be needed to remove to the cataract. Our ophthalmologist can perform that procedure. During the cataract surgery, our ophthalmology specialist will remove your natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens. A few weeks after the surgery, our doctors may recommend a follow-up visit to test your vision and determine whether you need a new prescription change.
Make an Appointment at Our Eye Clinic in Aurora
Regular eye care with Burcham Eyecare Center in Aurora is essential in keeping your eyes healthy. Our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam which can detect cataracts as well as other diseases of the eye. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, give our eye clinic a call today at (303) 340-4600.