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Cataracts can be like looking at the world through an annoying veil. This progressive clouding of the intraocular lens can reduce the amount of light the eye receive and limit the useful of the images you do still get. While this exceedingly common condition can't currently be reversed, it can most definitely be managed and treated. Here at Lock Family Eye Care, you can count on top-quality cataract treatment and advice from your Waukee and West Des Moines eye doctor, Dr. Michael Lock or Dr. Jenessa Lock.
A cataract is an abnormal development in the proteins that make up the lens of the eye. Normally, these lenses are arranged in such a manner as to render them transparent, allowing all available light to enter the eye. If these proteins lose their alignment and begin clumping together, that transparency is lost. The lens becomes increasingly opaque, taking on a milky or cloudy appearance. Visual symptoms of a cataract include extreme sensitivity to glare, low vision (especially in dark conditions), color distortion and the appearance of odd sunburst or halo patterns around bright lights.
Different types of cataracts have different causes. Nuclear cataracts, the most common variety which appear in the center of the lens, are simply the result of aging and years of normal UV exposure. Subcapsular cataracts, which form toward the rear of the lens, are more likely to stem from steroid use, diabetes and other specific triggers. Cortical cataracts, which form in wedge-shaped or spoke-like patterns, are also associated with diabetes.
Your West Des Moines and Waukee optometrist can diagnose the presence of cataracts through various tests in the course of a comprehensive eye and vision exam, including slit lamp testing, retinoscopy and and other methods. Early-stage cataracts may not cause any appreciable loss of vision for many years. We will recommend annual eye and vision exams so we can track the cataracts' progress while also recommending UV-blocking sunglasses and other helpful lifestyle changes as needed.
Once your cataracts starting interfering with vision, corrective lenses may compensate adequately. If the cataracts reach the point where this method is no longer sufficient, we will advise you to seek cataract removal surgery, a painless, outpatient procedure to replace the diseased lens with a crystal-clear artificial replacement. Following your surgery, we will continue to provide follow-up evaluations and other post-operative care over a period of several months to make sure you're enjoying optimal vision restoration.
Whether you already know you have cataracts or you just need to get your eyes checked for cataracts (and other diseases), get the care for you need from the Waukee and West Des Moines optometry center you trust. Call Lock Family Eye Care at 515-267-1312 to schedule an eye exams or discuss your cataract treatment options!
101 Jordan Creek Pkwy # 12190 West Des Moines, IA 50266
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