TOP 7 Cataract Questions & Answers
Many of our patients are concerned about the development of cataracts as they get older. To help you better understand what to expect from your aging eyes, we came up this list of the most commonly asked questions about cataracts.
- What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the clear lens of the eye. Cataracts are part of the normal aging of the eye.
- At what age do cataracts develop? There is no way to determine at what age you will begin to develop cataracts, however, more than half of all Americans over the age of 65 have cataracts.
- How will I know if I am developing cataracts? Cataracts usually develop gradually, so you may not notice a change in vision from one day to the next. Your doctor can detect and track the development of cataracts during a routine vision exam.
- What are the symptoms of developing cataracts? You may notice that your vision seems cloudy. Colors may appear to be dull or faded. Bright lights may appear to have halos or starbursts around them.
- How are cataracts treated? There is no medical treatment that can cure cataracts. They are removed during an outpatient surgical procedure. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the world.
- What happens during cataract surgery? The surgeon removes the cloudy lens of the eye, and replace it with an artificial lens that will help you to see more clearly.
- Is there any way to delay the development of cataracts? Yes. If you take these precautions, you will help keep your eyes healthy, and slow the development of cataracts.
- Stop Smoking!
- Wear sunglasses to block UV rays of the sun.
- Wear eye protection to avoid eye injury.
- If you are diabetic or have a thyroid condition, take your medication to stay healthy.
- Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables & fish to slow the aging of the eye.
While this list may answer some of your questions, the best way to have your medical questions answered is one-on-one, during an office visit with our doctors. Dr. Teller and Dr. Lobaugh can speak to you specifically about issues that affect your health and your eyes. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and bring your list of concerns to your visit, so that we make sure to cover all of your concerns.
Patient education is key to keep you seeing your best!