What are the Early Signs of Cataracts?
It may surprise you to learn that half of the American population contract cataracts by the time they are 75 years old. But, what are the signs of cataracts and what can be done about it? Visit the optometry professionals at Lock Family Eye Care in West Des Moines to learn more.
Early Signs of Cataracts
It is common for the signs of cataracts to gradually manifest, slowly diminishing sight over time. If you don’t have regular optometry exams, it is easy to miss the signs and write the visual decline off to age. The earliest signs of cataracts are cloudiness or blurry vision, with more severe symptoms including night blindness and light sensitivity.
For mild signs of cataracts, your eye doctor may simply alter the prescription of your glasses or contacts. As symptoms worsen, Dr. Michael Lock or Dr. Jenessa Lock may recommend surgery to remove the cataracts. The added benefit to cataract surgery is that once you have them removed you are not at-risk to contract cataracts again.
Causes of Cataracts
So, why do you get cataracts? Cataracts are most common in older people or when you experience an injury or trauma to the eye lens. There is also a genetic link with other medical issues that makes you more vulnerable to contracting cataracts, like diabetes, or if you have had a history of eye issues or medical problems.
As for preventing cataracts, the best thing that you can do is to have regular eye exams with your optometry professional. Also, diet and lifestyle can play a role in cataracts; eat a diet rich with fresh foods and if you smoke, quit.
The treatment for cataracts is surgery, and typically the doctor will perform surgery on one eye, allow a couple of weeks of healing time before scheduling surgery for the second eye. Many people that previously needed glasses for nearsightedness have no need for corrective eyewear following surgery.
Do you have cataracts? Call today for an appointment.
Are you at risk for cataracts? Schedule your exam at Lock Family Eye Care in West Des Moines, IA. Dr. Jenessa Lock and Dr. Michael Lock aim to preserve your vision and prevent the repercussions of cataracts.
Call us today at (515) 267-1312 to schedule an appointment.