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By Brandon Eye Associates
May 07, 2020
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Cataracts  

A cataract is a condition in which cloudiness develops in the lens of the eye. The function of the lens is to focus light and produce clear images so you can see clearly. Cataracts can develop with age when cells in the lens die and become trapped, creating a cloudy barrier. Vision can become blurred or fuzzy as a result. At Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, FL, several cataract tests and treatment options are available.

Causes and Symptoms

One of the most common causes of cataracts is aging. As the cells in the lens of the eye get older and die, they can get trapped in the protective capsule that encloses the lens. As the old cells accumulate, they form a cloudy layer over the lens. In addition to aging, cataracts can also be caused by an eye injury or they can develop in conjunction with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. Additionally, It is possible to be born with cataracts.

The symptoms of cataracts include:

  • A vision that is cloudy, blurred, or dim
  • Sensitivity to the glare of bright light
  • Difficulty seeing things in dim lighting or at night
  • Diminished ability to read without bright light
  • Different colors appear to have a yellow tint
  • Observing a halo around lights

It is best to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with cataracts. Obtaining treatment can improve your vision and help you see clearly again.

Tests and Treatments

The first step in treating cataracts is undergoing an eye exam. The skilled doctors at our office in Brandon check for cataracts by examining your eyes and performing several vision tests. During the eye exam, the doctor will be looking for problems with the lens of the eye. If you do have cataracts and they are interfering with your ability to carry out regular activities, then the next treatment step is surgery.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves the removal of the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant. The new lens will allow you to focus light properly and see clearly once again. In many cases, patients might still need glasses or contacts following surgery, but a new prescription is often required. There are advanced technology intraocular implants that may reduce the dependence on glasses following cataract surgery.

If you are experiencing diminished vision due to cataracts, treatment is available. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Brandon Eye Associates today, call (813) 684-2211 for either the office in Plant City or Brandon, FL, and (813) 213-0020 for the Sun City office.

By Brandon Eye Associates
January 23, 2020
Category: Eyes
Tags: Cataracts  

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.

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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