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.