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Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions in the U.S, affecting millions of people, most of them over age 40. By age 75, half of all Americans have cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute. Fortunately, treatments offered by the ophthalmologists here at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL, can help you improve your vision if a cataract develops.
What are cataracts?
A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy. The disc-shaped structure reflects light rays on the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy, it becomes difficult for the lens to focus light rays on the retina properly. As a result, your vision may become affected.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Cataracts won't cause any changes in your vision at first, but eventually, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:
- Change in Visual Acuity: Your vision may not be as sharp if you have a cataract. Blurred or hazy vision are common cataract symptoms.
- Dull Colors: Lens clouding dulls colors and makes them look faded.
- Difficulty Reading or Performing Tasks in Low Light: It's much harder to see well when light levels are low if you have a cataract.
- Haloes Around Lights: Glare and haloes around lights can make it difficult to see clearly when you're driving at night or in brightly lit areas.
How do ophthalmologists treat cataracts?
Treatment for cataracts involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens known as an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Surgery is usually only performed when cataracts significantly affect your vision. Monofocal IOLs offer one focusing power, provide either near or distance vision. If you want the IOL to offer clear distance vision, you'll need to wear reading glasses for close work.
Multifocal lenses offer multiple focusing zones, allowing you to see objects clearly at any distance. Accommodative lenses also help you see at various distances and work together with your eye muscles, while toric IOLs help correct astigmatism caused by an irregularly shaped cornea.
Need care? Give us a call
Have your cataracts begun to affect your vision? Schedule an appointment with Brandon Eye Associates today by calling (813) 684-2211 for either the office in Plant City or Brandon, FL, and (813) 213-0020 for the Sun City office.
Has your physician said you need retinal eye treatment? At Brandon Eye Associates, your team of eight board-certified Ophthalmologists perform state of the art retinal surgeries right in the office in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL. Your eye doctor knows eye anatomy well and has the diagnostic and surgical skill to return your eye to complete health and function. Learn more here about the retina, retinal conditions and how your sight can be preserved.
No small thing
After all, it's your eyesight, and if diabetes, injury or advanced age has threatened it, you need to act immediately. Your eye doctor urges you to report any vision changes immediately, particularly if you are diabetic or if you have sustained an injury to the face or head.
While the eye is a small sensory organ, its structure is amazingly complex, with each part being indispensable to clear vision that lasts a lifetime. At the back of the eye, the highly vascularized retina receives the countless images which flood your eyes each and every day. It helps transmit those images through the optic nerve to the brain which interprets or makes sense, of them.
Without a healthy retina, what you see changes dramatically, with the primary symptom being flashes of light and floaters, says the National Eye Institute. Floaters resemble thin black threads or specks, and they randomly move across the field of vision. These symptoms of retinal detachment can run in families and also plague people who are very nearsighted, particularly as age advances.
Besides retinal detachment, something else can happen to the retina if you are diabetic. Called diabetic retinopathy, this common condition causes extra blood vessels to grow within the eye, or existing blood vessels may become distorted and blocked, seriously damaging eye structure and the ability to see.
Treatment for your retina
If you are diagnosed with retinal detachment or diabetic retinopathy, Brandon Eye Associates offers customized treatment plans to address these issues and resolve them successfully. Your eye surgeons offer:
- Schlera buckle surgery to support the back of the eye
- Cryosurgery (freezing to put the retina back in place)
- Pneumatic retinopexy in which a gas bubble helps to reattach the retina
- Photocoagulation, to seal the retina to surrounding tissue
- Grid and focal laser surgery
We can help you with your retina issues. Brandon Eye Associates has three locations: Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL. Call us at (813) 684-2211.
The retina is the thin layer of nerves that lines the back of the eye. The lens in the eye allows images to pass through, and the retina focuses them. It then sends impulses to the brain that communicate the message that the retina has received. Retinal disorders can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness. Brandon Eye Associates, which has offices in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL, offers a range of eye care services to their patients. Here's everything you need to know about the retina.
Light, Lens, Action
Doctors use special microscopes to look at the inner parts of the eye, such as the lens. After light passes through the pupil, it hits the lens. The lens, which is behind the iris, is transparent and colorless. The lens focuses light rays on the back of the eye— the retina. The retina holds millions of cells that are sensitive to light. The retina takes the light the eye receives and changes it into signals so the brain can understand what the eye is seeing.
Rods and Cones Process Light
The retina uses specialized cells called rods and cones to process light. There are about 120 million rods and 7 million cones in each eye. Rods see in white, gray, and black and tell us the shape or form that something has. Rods cannot tell the difference between colors, but they are very sensitive, allowing us to see when it's dark.
Cones are used to see color and require more light than rods to work well. The retina has three different types of receptor cones. Each cone type is sensitive to one of three different colors — blue, green, or red — to help you see different ranges of color. Together, these cones can sense combinations of light waves that enable your eyes to see millions of colors.
Symptoms of Retinal Diseases
Many retinal disorders share some common symptoms and signs. These may include seeing floating specks or cobwebs, distorted or blurred vision, defects in the side vision, seeing flashes of light and lost vision. Seek immediate medical attention if you're experiencing any of these symptoms. Retinal disorders are diagnosed and treated by ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of all types of eye disorders.
Treatment of Retinal Diseases
Ophthalmologists specialize in the treatment (nonsurgical and surgical) of all types of eye disorders. The main goals of treatment are to slow or stop disease progression and restore or improve your vision. Treatment of retinal diseases may include laser surgery, pneumatic retinopexy, scatter laser photocoagulation, scleral buckling, vitrectomy, or injecting medicine into the eye. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment.
An eye disorder can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Improve your vision and your life today. Call Brandon Eye Associates at 813-684-2211 today to schedule an appointment in Brandon, FL. Call 813-684-2211 to schedule an appointment in Plant City, FL. Call 813-213-0020 to schedule an appointment in Sun City, FL. We want you to live your best life!