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, FL, 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.
There are contact lenses available to target specific eye problems such as dry eyes, astigmatism, difficulty reading, and eye diseases. We are focused on taking the time to give you the best comfort and vision, not just adequate. The availability of contact lenses allows our optometrists to help you see clearly without glasses.
Currently, there is a wide array of contact lenses, including soft lenses and hard lenses. To help you better understand your contact lenses, lets take a closer look at the different types.
Soft contact lenses are made of soft, flexible plastics that allow oxygen to pass through the cornea. These contact lenses may be easier to adjust to and are more comfortable than others. Newer soft lens materials include silicone-hydrogels, which provide more oxygen to your eye while you wear your lenses. Soft lenses also conform to the shape of your eye, which helps them to stay in place well, making it an optimal choice if you participate in sports or lead an active lifestyle.
With soft contact lenses, you can choose single vision, astigmatism/toric, bifocial/multifocial, disposable daily, disposable biweekly and disposable monthly.
Hard contact lenses provide clear, crisp vision for most vision problems. These lenses might be especially appealing if you have tried soft lenses and were unsatisfied with the results. Unlike soft lenses, hard contact lenses are more breathable, which helps to reduce the risk of eye infections. Most hard contact lenses must be removed for cleaning and disinfection every night before you go to bed. If your prescription does not change and you take care of your lenses, you can potentially use the same pair of lenses for up to two or three years.
We will work with you to determine the best choice for contact lenses so you can see without discomfort. For more information, call us today!
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