Managing Cataracts with Our Optometrist Team in Springfield, NJ
Once a cataract begins to develop, the only permanent fix for them is cataract surgery. But this doesn't mean a person with a cataract is guaranteed to lose their vision, nor that there is nothing to be done to help a person see better. Learn more about how our Springfield, NJ optometrist team at The Eye Health Group can help you or your loved one.
Inside your eye, you have clear lenses that help bend and focus light as it enters your eyes. Sometimes, the protein and fibers inside this lens tissue can change shape and alignment, causing the lens to become cloudy. This clouding of the lens is called a cataract.
Cataracts are very common with age, but they are also more likely to develop in people who:
- Have underlying health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure
- Are overweight or obese
- Have a history of surgery, injury, or infection in the eye
- Have a history of excessive sun exposure
- Have a family history of cataracts or other genetic factors (e.g., certain congenital conditions can cause young children to develop cataracts)
Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts
A cataract can start to grow for months or years before it's big enough to cause any signs and symptoms. Once it is big enough, a person might experience:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty seeing colors (colors may start to fade)
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Increased sensitivity to glare
- The appearance of halos around bright lights
Why See an Eye Doctor When You Have Cataracts?
Our Springfield eye doctor team can diagnose cataracts even before symptoms develop. This is helpful, because it can inspire patients to make healthy lifestyle changes that will optimize their eye health and vision.
If a cataract is large enough to cause vision problems, it can be removed during a relatively simple surgery, called cataract removal surgery. This damaged lens can then be replaced with an artificial lens, restoring clear vision.
If you're thinking about undergoing cataract removal surgery, it's important to work closely with a trusted optometrist who can provide the necessary care before and after your procedure to minimize your risk of complications and make sure your recovery goes well.
Do You Have Cataracts?
If you need a comprehensive eye exam, updated vision correction prescription, or other eye care services, contact The Eye Health Group today at (973) 376-7900 to schedule an appointment with an optometrist. We proudly serve Springfield, NJ and surrounding communities. Call today!