Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts: When To See an Eye Doctor

Cataracts are a common problem as you get older. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute, over fifty percent of people in the United States will develop cataracts or have cataract surgery by age 80. The eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates provide comprehensive ophthalmology services, including diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. They have several convenient office locations in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City, FL.

What You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts develop from protein clumping together in the lens of your eye. You may notice these early signs of a cataract:

  • Clouded vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Faded colors
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Light sources appearing too bright
  • A halo appearing around light sources
  • Double vision

Several factors can increase your risk of developing cataracts. You are at greater risk if you are over 60, smoke, or have excessive exposure to sunlight.

Visiting your eye doctor regularly is the key to early diagnosis of cataracts. Careful monitoring is essential to check the size of the cataract and how severely it is impacting your vision. Eventually, surgery is recommended to remove the cataract. The type of cataract surgery your eye doctor may recommend:

Phacoemulsification, in which a small probe is inserted through a small incision in your cornea. The probe produces ultrasound waves which break up the lens so it can be removed.

There are some important steps you can take to help prevent cataracts. Remember to:

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses when you are outside
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a diet high in antioxidants from green leafy vegetables and fruits
  • Have regular eye examinations every year

Want To Know More About Cataracts?

To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of cataracts, call the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates. You can reach them in any of their three convenient office locations in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City, FL, by calling (813) 684-2211, so call today.

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