Cataracts FAQ With Your Austin Optometrist
Cataracts are one of the most common reasons for vision loss seen by our Austin optometrist in people age 40 and older. In fact, cataracts are so common, they have been well known throughout human history, and even ancient civilizations had methods for removing them. Tools from ancient Rome have been discovered, for example, that were used by ancient physicians to pull cataracts off the eyes by drawing them up through a metal tube with an angled tip. While ancient methods of cataract removal probably had mixed results, depending on the patient, there are excellent and reliable ways of safely removing cataracts and restoring clear eyesight today that are far safer and more effective than those of the ancient past. You can get your cataracts treated right here at Austin Vision Center.
Cataract Treatment With Your Optometrist in Austin
When you come to your optometrist in Austin for cataract treatment, you will probably have some questions. Here are the most common questions about cataracts, and their answers.
What are cataracts?--Cataracts are an accumulation and clumping together of proteins in the lens on your eye. As they clump together, they become thick enough to prevent light from passing through in adequate amounts to see clearly. When these age-related cataracts become thick enough to impair vision, you can actually see them clouding the lens on its front and center. You can develop cataracts from reasons not related to age, such as from steroid use, diabetes, and high exposure to the sun's UV rays. These cataracts usually form on the rear of the lens, or its outer edges.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?--The most common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Reduced ability to see clearly, especially at night
- Colors not appearing as bright as usual
- The appearance of star bursts or halos around bright lights
- Sensitivity to glare
- Blurred vision
How Are Cataracts Treated?--Your Austin eye doctor can treat your cataracts until they get to the point they need to be removed with eye surgery. With regular, comprehensive eye exams, your eye doctor will be able to notice the earliest traces of cataracts. Once they are noticed, they can be monitored with regular annual exams to measure their progress, and your eyeglass or contact lens prescription can be adjusted accordingly to keep you seeing clearly in spite of the new cataracts. If the cataracts are caused by a medication or a disease like diabetes, your eye doctor will give you recommendations for addressing those issues. When the cataracts become bad enough to keep you from seeing clearly in spite of our corrective treatments, we will refer you to an advanced eye care specialist who will remove them with a quick and painless laser surgery that will clear up your eyes and restore your sharp vision. We will handle the post-operative eye care for you.
Contact Your Austin Optometrist About an Appointment Today!
Give us a call to set up your appointment for your initial exam, evaluation, and consultation. Your Austin optometrist is here to serve all your eye care needs, including restoring your clear vision by taking care of your cataracts. We are looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Austin Vision Center family.