Do You Know the Warning Signs of Cataracts?
- Posted on: Oct 5 2012
Cataracts – while most patients have heard of this serious eye condition before, not everyone knows the warnings signs! This is especially important when it comes to cataracts, as the condition is usually pain free. Because we know that the best patients are informed patients, we thought we would take a moment to clear a few things up. Do you know what to watch out for?
Here is our list of the Top 5 Warning Signs of Cataracts:
- Clouded vision. A cataract is essentially an area of cloudy tissue that forms inside the lens of the eye. This reduces the lens’ transparency, resulting in what many patients describe as “cloudy vision.”
- Poor night vision. Poor night vision is often one of the earliest symptoms of cataracts. Particularly dangerous while driving, night vision can worsen as cataracts progress.
- Tinted vision. Cataract patients often complain of a yellowish or brownish tint in their field of vision. This can become more noticeable as the lens continues to become discolored.
- Glare from lights. As cataracts distort light – be that of the sun or lamps – many patients report seeing glares and halos.
- Changes in vision. While a change in vision doesn’t always mean a patient is suffering from cataracts, it should certainly raise a red flag. If you notice you’re updating your eyeglass prescription frequently, make sure you consult with an eye care professional.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
As cataracts progress, they can seriously limit a patient’s vision and even more importantly, his or her overall quality of life. Thankfully, ophthalmology offers a time-tested and effective solution: Cataract Surgery. This procedure removes a patient’s cloudy lens and replaces it with a crystal-clear artificial lens known as an IOL.
While some patients avoid surgery out of fear or nerves, understand that our practice is committed to keeping you relaxed and comfortable throughout. After completely numbing the eyes, a tiny incision is made and an ultrasonic probe breaks up the cloudy lens and suctions it away. The IOL – professionally known as “intraocular lens” – is then precisely placed, achieving brilliant, clear vision for years to come.
Cataract Surgery in Southern California
To find out if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier. We look forward to meeting you soon.
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