What You Should Know
If you've been experiencing blurriness or trouble seeing at night, you may wonder if you have cataracts. Cataracts are a common condition that affects millions of Americans, and Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian is here to help. We aim to help you understand what cataracts are, the causes, symptoms, and treatment.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. The lens is responsible for focusing light onto the retina. When it becomes cloudy, your vision is affected.
Most cataracts develop slowly and don't disturb your vision early on. They tend to first become noticeable over the age of forty. It's essential to have regular eye exams so that we can catch any changes in your vision and treat them accordingly.
Cataracts have differing causes, but the most common cause is simply aging. As we age, proteins in the lens begin to break down and clump together, causing the lens to become cloudy.
Other causes include:
- Family history
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light
- Previous eye injury or inflammation
- Certain medications, such as steroids
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian today to set up an appointment. We will be happy to help you figure out what is going on and develop a treatment plan. Some common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble seeing at night
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Increased sensitivity to glare
If your cataracts cause problems with your vision, we may recommend surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one. This is a safe procedure that can usually be done on an outpatient basis.
During the surgery, your eye doctor or optometrist will make a small incision in your eye and carefully remove the cloudy lens. Once the lens is removed, an intraocular lens (IOL) will be placed in your eye.
Different lenses are available, and your eye doctor or optometrist will help you choose the best one based on your needs.
After surgery, you will likely need to take some time to recover. For example, you may need to wear an eye shield at night for a week or two and use eye drops as directed. However, most people can return to normal activities within a few days after surgery.
If you are experiencing changes in your vision, don't hesitate to call Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian. We can help you determine what is going on and develop a treatment plan. We will provide the best possible care. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (601) 485-2020.