Eye health is always a topic of concern for everyone. We only get one set of eyes to use in our lifetime so we need to take care of them. One of the more well-known eye diseases is a condition known as cataracts. While this is a fairly common condition, that does not mean that you should take it for granted. In many cases, it is a serious eye condition that can be successfully treated and eliminated.
What is it?
Your eye captures images in much the same way that a camera does. Light gets to the lens of the eye by passing through a liquid known as the aqueous humor. Normally, that liquid is clear. But when that liquid fills up with protein, it becomes cloudy and the light no longer has a clear path to the lens. If left untreated cataracts can lead to blindness.
Who Gets Cataracts?
Anyone can get cataracts, but it is most common in people over the age of 65. In some cases, cataracts develop as a result of a medical procedure, the use of certain medications or due to eye trauma. While it is not common, babies can be born with an infection or other condition that results in the formation of juvenile cataracts.
What are the Symptoms?
Some of the most common symptoms for cataracts include blurred vision, cloudy vision, double vision and an inability to handle the glare of sunlight or other strong lights.
How is it Treated?
In some cases, prescription glasses can be used to correct the problem. Your eyecare professional will do what he can to avoid surgery, but lens replacement surgery is sometimes the only solution. It is a relatively common procedure that comes with a high prognosis for a full recovery.
Doctors are not certain how to prevent cataracts, but it is reassuring to know that cataracts can easily be treated. Whether you need cataract surgery, or you just need a better pair of prescription glasses, your doctor will be able to diagnose your problem and come up with a proven solution that will restore your vision. Visit Stanton Optical for an up-to-date eye exam and complete check of your vision with one of our Doctors of Optometry.