As common as cataracts are, most people are unaware of important details related to this eye disease. Because we frequently answer questions patients seek a diagnosis for their symptoms, we find it beneficial to also ask “what do you know about cataracts?”
Do You Know
- That cataracts may develop in one eye or both eyes? This condition is an accumulation of protein deposits that stick to the natural lens of the eye. Over time, more and more tiny protein particles clump together, forming a blanket over the lens.
- That cataracts account for the majority of preventable blindness? This is true not only in America but around the world. Blindness occurs when the blanket of protein particles on the lens becomes thick enough to obscure vision.
- The signs of cataracts? At first, when there are few protein clumps on the lens, symptoms may be that colors do not appear as vibrant. This is an easy symptom to miss. As cataracts worsen, it may become difficult to drive at night due to blurriness and seeing halos around lights. Foggy, cloudy vision is indicative of significant cataracts.
- Your risk of getting cataracts? Do you have a family history of cataracts? You may be at a higher risk than others. Your risk may also be higher if you smoke or consume alcohol, have diabetes or high blood pressure, or have frequently been exposed to sunlight without the protection of sunglasses.
- That cataract removal is a simple outpatient procedure? Remember we stated that cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness. Although it may not be possible to prevent cataracts in every person, the loss of vision caused by cataracts can be restored. Cataract removal surgery is one of the leading eye procedures performed today. It works by replacing the clouded lens of the eye with a clear synthetic lens. The intraocular lenses available today not only restore clear vision but can also correct certain visual errors that make it hard to read or perform other tasks.
You don’t have to know everything about cataracts. Your Amarillo ophthalmologist has the knowledge and experience to help you see clearly again. Call (806) 351-1177 to schedule your consultation to discuss cataract removal.