A Closer Look at Cataracts

  • Posted on: Jan 17 2015
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Closer Look at CataractsCataracts are one of the most common conditions that affect our eyes. A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye, which develops from a buildup of proteins. They can occur in one or both eyes, and are typically caused by age-related changes in the eye.

Causes of Cataracts

While most cases of cataracts are related to aging, there are also a number of other factors which may result in the condition. Additional causes include:

  • Illness (including diabetes)
  • Injury
  • Frequent ingestion of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Medications
  • Prior eye surgery
  • Medications (including steroids)
  • Overexposure to U.V. radiation

Symptoms of Cataracts

Although cataracts are often associated with middle-aged adults, they may occur in younger individuals as well. As cataracts become larger, those affected will notice a change in vision and may experience one or more symptoms. The most common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurry or clouded vision
  • Poor vision at night
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent changes in eye prescriptions

Treatment for Cataracts

Patents who suspect they have cataracts must undergo a series of diagnostic tests. The ophthalmologist will determine if a cataract is present in the eye, and recommend a treatment plan. Early cataracts can usually be treated without surgery. If a cataract worsens and begins to impact a person’s daily activities, surgery may be necessary.

Cataract surgery is minimally-invasive, and takes minutes to complete. Potential side effects include bruising, swelling, pain, and infection, though such side effects are considered rare. If left untreated, cataracts can worsen over time and may eventually lead to permanent vision loss, so it is important to see your eye doctor regularly in order to detect them as early as possible.

Do You Have Questions about Cataracts? Contact Dr. H. John Shammas!

To learn more about cataracts and the treatment options we offer, contact Dr. H. John Shammas today.  Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier, California.  We look forward to serving you!

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