In a normal eye, the lens is clear, permitting light and images to pass through to the retina fully. When parts of the lens become cloudy and unclear or, in worse cases, opaque, the condition is known as a cataract. Cataracts prevent the lens from transmitting a clear image to the retina, resulting in blurry vision or blindness. An eye exam can help spot early signs of cataract formation, giving you enough time to fix the problem before it becomes more serious.
Cataracts are the number one cause of blindness in the world. Early detection is the best way to combat this common eye problem. Ultimately, an eye surgery might be needed when a considerable amount of vision is compromised. Let our eye experts at Eye and Vision Care give you a quick guide on cataracts, their prevention and, of course, treatment.
Pre-existing conditions such as obesity and diabetes can increase the chances of cataract formation. People who are smokers and hypertensives are also more likely to contract the disease. Therefore, a healthy and balanced diet, along with an active smoke-free lifestyle will lower your chances of forming cataracts. Sunlight exposure is also a risk factor so wearing sunglasses or UV-blocking contacts can also be helpful.
The likelihood of developing cataracts increases as people age. That’s why knowing the risk factors can be helpful in identifying and reducing the probability of cataract formation.
Unfortunately, implanting intraocular lenses after surgical removal of the cataracts is the only reliable treatment available today. Laser cataract surgery, or LASIK, can also be a certified procedure. Orthokeratology, on the other hand, is a great alternative for patients who are not yet ready or not qualified for LASIK.
At Eye and Vision Care, we can answer any questions you might have about cataracts and how you can prevent them from developing in your eyes. Give us a call at (703) 957-3384 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our eye specialists. We serve patients in South Riding, VA, as well as all nearby areas.