What Are Cataracts?

Guide to Cataracts with Our Optometrist

Cataracts are a common eye condition that affects seniors, but this condition can occur at any age. This guide will explore cataracts, their causes, symptoms, and treatment options. Our optometry team at Atlantic Eyecare in Virginia Beach, VA, answers these questions below. Learn more about cataracts and how they impact your vision and eye health.

What Are Cataracts?

Each of your eyes helps focus the light that enters your eye. A healthy lens is clear. Cataracts occur when the natural lens becomes cloudy, leading to blurred or hazy vision. A lens can become clouded when its proteins break down.

Symptoms of Cataracts

In the beginning, you might not notice any symptoms. However, cataracts can eventually lead to blurry or distorted vision, light sensitivity, glare sensitivity, double vision, seeing halos around lights, and faded or yellow colors.

Cataracts are a common eye condition that can develop slowly over time, causing vision changes. The symptoms of cataracts can vary depending on the size and location of the cataract. Once noticeable symptoms set in, you’ll likely only notice them in one area of your field of vision. Eventually, they can affect your entire eye.

Treatment for Cataracts

Treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Initially, prescription lenses can help improve your vision, lifestyle adjustments can help slow the progression, and habit changes can help you manage your symptoms. Our eye doctor can walk you through any necessary changes.

Once the condition is bad enough to prevent you from driving, reading, or carrying out daily activities, our optometry specialist will recommend cataract surgery. This procedure will replace the cloudy lens with an artificial one to restore your vision.

Visit Our Atlantic Eyecare Optometrist

We are here to guide you through understanding cataracts and the various options available to enhance your vision and well-being. If you’re concerned you might develop cataracts, schedule an appointment with our eye doctor at Atlantic Eyecare in Virginia Beach, VA, by calling (757) 340-7070 today.


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