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By Brandon Eye Associates
November 12, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Cataracts   Cataract surgery  

How the ophthalmologists in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL, can help with cataracts

If you are experiencing cloudy vision, you might have cataracts. They are a common eye condition, especially as you age, and they can becataracts corrected with state-of-the-art treatments like surgery. The ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL can help you and your eyes.

Cataract Basics

Cataracts are caused by clumping of the protein in the lens of your eye, causing cloudiness and affecting your vision. You may be at higher risk of cataracts if you smoke, have diabetes, or if you spend a lot of time in bright sunlight.

You can do a lot to prevent cataracts by not smoking, and making sure you eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants from fruits and leafy green vegetables. When you spend time out in bright sunlight, always wear sunglasses.

There are common, recognizable signs and symptoms to look for to determine if you have cataracts. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should pay attention to:

  • Clouded or blurred vision
  • Problems seeing at night
  • Light or glare sensitivity
  • Needing brighter light for reading
  • Seeing a halo around a light source
  • Color fading or yellowing
  • Double vision in one eye

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you should visit the experts—the ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates can determine if cataract surgery is right for you! Surgery typically involves taking out the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial substitute known as an intraocular lens.

Cataract surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so there is no hospital stay. Healing is usually complete at about eight weeks. If you have developed cataracts in both eyes, cataract surgery will be performed on one eye, and after that eye has healed, the other eye will be surgically treated.

Contact Us Today!

Having clear vision is important to your quality of life. Cataracts can make vision blurry, but help is available with just a simple phone call! You can say goodbye to cataracts by calling the ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL today at (813) 684-2211.

By Brandon Eye Associates
April 03, 2018
Category: Eyewear
Tags: Cataracts  

Are you tired of viewing the world through clouded lenses? The eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, FL, discuss cataracts cataractsand explain how cataract treatment can improve your vision.

What are cataracts?

A cataract affects the lens of your eye. The lens, a transparent disc located behind your iris, focuses light on your retina, enabling you to see clearly. As you age, cells in the lens begin to die and clump together, causing the lens to become cloudy. When this happens, your vision can become blurry.

Who gets cataracts?

Aging is an important contributing factor in cataract formation. Cataracts can begin to form as early as your 40s or 50s, although at this point, most are small and don't cause significant problems. As you get older, cataracts gradually worsen and make certain activities difficult, such as reading or driving.

You may be more likely to develop cataracts if you smoke, have diabetes, took a steroid medication for a long time, experienced extensive exposure to the sun, or had an eye injury, inflammation or surgery in the past.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

In addition to blurred vision, cataract symptoms include:

  • Glare or halos around lights, particularly at night
  • Faded colors
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Increased sensitivity to glare and light
  • Difficulty reading in low light
  • The need to change your eyeglass or contact lens prescription often

How are cataracts treated?

When your cataract is small, you can do a few simple things to manage your symptoms, such as using brighter lights when you read, visiting our Brandon office for a new eyeglass prescription, or buying a pair of sunglasses with anti-glare lenses.

If your cataract is large, and you have difficulty performing your usual activities, surgery may be recommended. During cataract surgery, your lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens implant. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and only requires a local anesthetic. Most people notice an improvement in their vision just a few hours after surgery, although it may take a week or two to experience sharp vision.

Do your cataracts keep you from doing the things you want to do? Surgery can improve your vision. Call eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, FL, at (813) 684-2211 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.

By Brandon Eye Associates
September 05, 2017
Category: Eyewear
Tags: Cataracts  

Not sure if a change in your vision could be caused by a cataract? The eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Plant City and Brandon, cataractsFL, share early cataract signs and explain how cataracts are treated.

What are cataracts?

A cataract occurs when the clear lens located behind your iris becomes cloudy. The lens focuses lights on the retina at the back of your eye. If it's no longer clear, your vision isn't quite as sharp. Cataracts generally worsen over time and may be larger in one eye.

Aren't I too young for cataracts?

Cataracts affects 24.4 million people 40 and older, according to the National Eye Institute. Although cataracts may begin to form in your 40s and 50s, they won't immediately cause a significant change in your vision in most cases.

What are the early signs of cataracts?

In the early stages, cataracts can cause:

  • Blurry Vision: You may notice that your vision looks blurry or cloudy. If your cataract is small, blurred vision may come and go. Some people also experience double vision.
  • Fading Colors: Colors may not be quite as bright due to your cataract.
  • Sensitivity: Glare and bright light may seem magnified when you have a cataract. You may also notice halos at night.
  • Dimness: Does it suddenly seem as if the wattage in all of your lamps decreased? Cataracts can make it more difficult to read or perform other tasks in dim light.
  • Night Vision Issues: Cataracts also affect your night vision and may make it harder to see when you drive around Brandon or Plant City at night, particularly if you see halos around lights.
  • The Need for New Glasses and Contact Lenses: You may notice that you need to change your glasses and contact lenses prescriptions more often than in years past if you have cataracts.

How are cataracts treated?

The only way to improve your vision is with cataract surgery. The surgery usually isn't recommended unless cataracts significantly interfere with your vision or your ability to carry out your normal activities. During outpatient cataract surgery, the lens of your eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens.

If you suspect that you have a cataract, it's a good idea to make an appointment with one of the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates. Call our Plant City or Brandon, FL, office at (813) 684-2211 to schedule your visit.



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