Without clear lenses, your eyes aren’t working as well as they should be able to. If you’ve noticed that your vision has been blurry recently, then you may be forming cataracts in your eyes. There are a lot of different reasons why cataracts form, and the professional optometrists at Houston Eye Doctor are here to help you navigate through all the causes and treatment options if you’re suffering from cataracts.
If you have questions about cataracts and cataract treatments, contact Houston Eye Doctor today!
What Are Common Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts can either be incredibly obvious or entirely unnoticeable. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of cataracts:
- Cloudy/blurry vision
- Brownish/yellowish tint in vision
- Colors seem faded
- Poor night vision
- Frequent vision prescription changes
Why Do Cataracts Occur?
Cataracts often happen randomly and may not have an obvious cause. They occur when the proteins on your lenses clump together and cloud an area on your lens. While most cataracts occur naturally due to age and the prolonged buildup of proteins on the eye, there may be other external factors that contribute to cataracts as well. People with diabetes have a higher risk of cataracts forming, as well as those who drink and smoke. There are a number of different types of cataracts based on cause:
- Secondary cataracts. These form after surgery for other eye problems like glaucoma.
- Traumatic cataracts. These form after injuries to the eye.
- Congenital cataracts. These form due to genetic dispositions.
- Radiation cataracts. These form after exposure to radiation.
How Can Houston Eye Doctor Treat My Cataracts?
The most common way to treat cataracts is through surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the US, and you can almost always go home the same day after surgery. You’re often awake during surgery and a local anesthetic is injected around the eye. The clouded lens is removed and then replaced with a new, artificial lens. Patients will have an eyepatch around the treated eye and will have to be driven home by someone else after the surgery.
At Houston Eye Doctor, our locations are set up with the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment available. Our team of doctors is dedicated to providing high-quality care to all patients. With our in-house procedures, including cataract treatment, we hope to service anyone who needs us throughout the Houston, Lubbock, and Odessa areas.
If you are in need of cataract treatment or would like to speak to a doctor about cataract treatment, contact Houston Eye Doctor now!