If you are experiencing hazy vision, loss of night vision, or sensitivity to light, it may be due to cataracts. A cataract is a cloudy film that forms over the lens of your eye and affects the quality of your sight. Since cataracts can take years to develop, this condition is more commonly seen in seniors. At Butler Eye Care in Lebanon, MO, we provide comprehensive eye exams to diagnose cataracts and provide the necessary treatment that can preserve your vision.
Cataracts is an age-related eye condition caused by the breakdown of proteins in the lens of your eye. Over time, these protein particles start to clump together, forming a cloudy film over the lens. Cataracts take years to form and grow. In the early stages, they may have little impact on your vision due to the small size. As the cataracts grow, you may start to experience more noticeable symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Fading colors
- Difficulty seeing clearly at night
- Seeing halos around lights
- Double vision
While anyone can develop cataracts, this condition is more common in seniors due to its slow progression. Certain lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking and health issues like diabetes can put you at greater risk of developing cataracts. You’re also more prone to cataracts if you have other eye conditions, have had eye surgery, or take steroids regularly to treat health issues.
Managing Cataract Symptoms
Minor cataract symptoms can often be managed with prescription eyeglasses or contacts. If your condition worsens, you may need to upgrade your prescription often to see more clearly. When your vison becomes severely impacted that you have difficulty performing daily tasks even with prescription eyewear, our optometrist may recommend surgery to restore your sight.
Cataracts surgery is a permanent treatment for cataracts and improving your sight. At Butler Eye Care, our optometrist offers pre and post-op care for this procedure. We'll diagnose your condition and refer you to an experienced ophthalmologist to perform the surgery. The ophthalmologist will remove the cloudy lens of your eye and replace it with a clear, artificial lens to improve the clarity of your sight.
Cataracts surgery is an outpatient treatment, so you can return home the same day. During the next few months, our optometrist will monitor your recovery to ensure no complications arise from the surgical procedure.
Contact us for Treatment Today
To schedule a consultation for a cataract diagnosis and treatment, contact Butler Eye Care in Lebanon, MO, at (417) 991-3200 today. Our team looks forward toward reliving any discomfort you may be experiencing and improving your eye health!