All About Cataracts: Signs & Treatment Options

All About Cataracts: Signs & Treatment Options

September 18th, 2017

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Most people know very little about cataracts which is surprising because it’s the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataracts actually affect more people than macular degeneration and glaucoma.

As you get older, the lenses in your eyes begin to change. And as this happens, the proteins in your lens can start to clump together and cloud. Over time, this will worsen and your vision will continue to deteriorate.

Many people have cataracts without knowing it because the symptoms don’t always show up right away. Or often, they are so minimal that most people don’t notice them.

Let’s look at some of the biggest signs you may have cataracts and what cataract treatment options are available to patients.

Signs of Cataracts

The most common sign of cataracts is simply a change in your vision. Many people overlook this because it could be caused by so many different things.

Do you find that you can’t see things as clearly lately? Your vision is suddenly cloudy or you are incredibly sensitive to light.

Many people with cataracts find that they have difficulty driving in the evenings. Your vision is impaired so halos can begin to form around streetlights, making it harder to see.

Another big sign of cataracts is that the lens in your eyes can change colors. Often, patients notice their eyes develop a yellowish tint that doesn’t go away.

Cataract Treatment Options

Some people can manage their cataracts by using glasses or bifocals. However, the best cataract treatment is cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is an easy outpatient procedure. Your doctor will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an acrylic or silicone lens. Cataracts surgery is an incredibly successful procedure and nine out of ten patients regain their vision.

Being diagnosed with cataracts can be overwhelming but you don’t have to go through this alone. If you are concerned you may have cataracts or want to learn about options for managing your cataracts, contact our Decatur or Huntsville office today to schedule an appointment.