Does your vision look cloudy, blurry, or just rather dim? Are you having an increasingly difficult time seeing clearly at night or feel more sensitive to light and glare than ever? If so, you might be developing cataracts. Fortunately, your Haslet TX eye doctor at Joy Family Eye Care can perform an eye exam to accurately diagnose cataracts and find the right treatment for you. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll help you find a great time to come into our vision center.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts cause the lens in your eye to grow cloudy, reducing the clarity and strength of your vision. The cloudiness impacts your eye’s ability to focus light, which makes things look quite blurry. Cataracts can affect just one or both of your eyes – and most often happens naturally due to aging or after injury to your eye.
Other common causes of cataracts include:
- Health conditions, like diabetes
- Long term use of steroids
- Trauma from past eye surgeries
Your risk of developing cataracts increases if you have high blood pressure, are overweight, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wearing sunglasses anytime you go outside can help protect you from developing cataracts.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Cataracts
When you come in for regular eye exams in Haslet TX, your doctor can detect cataracts right as they begin to form. Most people start to develop cloudiness in their lens in their 40s, but it doesn’t usually disrupt vision for decades afterward.
At any age, cataracts are detected with a full examination that includes:
- Visual acuity measurement
- Slit-lamp exam
- Dilated retinal exam
With early detection, you can get prescription glasses that help you enjoy clear 20/20 vision for as long as possible. Once the lenses stop clearing up your vision enough, you’ll likely need to consider cataract surgery to replace your clouded lens with a clear artificial lens.
As your eye doctor, we can help you decide if this surgery is right for you, co-manage your care, and provide support through your recovery. After that, we can provide ongoing care that helps preserve the health of your eyes and keeps you seeing clearly through every stage of life.