Cataracts cause a milky discoloration of your eye lens that can gradually dim and even steal your vision. They're the most common cause of vision loss in the US today. Although cataracts are a serious problem, they don’t have to keep you from clear vision if you get proper eye care. At Vision Source of Crystal Falls in Leander, Texas, optometrist Farrah A. Khoja, OD, offers expert cataract diagnosis and treatment that’s focused on helping you experience crystal-clear sight. Book your appointment online or by phone now.
Cataracts are the clouding of your eye lenses, which are normally clear. You can have cataracts in one or both eyes. They’re a very common effect of aging. At least half of all men and women in America have a cataract by age 75.
Cataracts typically grow slowly, often over decades. You might develop cataracts in your 50s, but not show any obvious symptoms until you’re in your 70s or even later.
Cataracts usually develop when naturally occurring protein deposits in your eye start to clump together as you age. This triggers the cloudy look and limits the light that gets through your lens to cause blurriness, dimness, or other vision issues.
Although it’s far less common, cataracts can also show up after some trauma to the eye. Some babies are born with cataracts. Cataracts can also develop following radiation exposure.
You might not have symptoms at first, but eventually, cataracts will cause symptoms that include:
It’s also common for cataract sufferers to need prescription changes more often than they did before. You might need new eyeglasses or contacts after every comprehensive eye exam if you suffer from cataracts.
Dr. Khoja makes customized suggestions based on the severity of your cataracts and how they’re affecting your life. If your cataracts aren’t causing any major issues, you might not need cataract surgery right away.
Dr. Khoja can recommend that you wear quality sunglasses, avoid smoking, and take antioxidant vitamins to slow the growth of your cataracts. You can also make minor lifestyle adjustments like using brighter lighting and a magnifier to read.
If your cataracts keep you from reading, driving, or doing other essential activities, cataract removal surgery is usually the best treatment. Dr. Khoja works with local ophthalmologists who can perform your cataract removal surgery, and she co-manages your care to help you transition into a cataract-free life.
To get the best in cataract diagnosis and care, call Vision Source of Crystal Falls or book your appointment online now.