Treatment For Cataracts At Mead EyeCare & EyeWear
Cataracts is an eye disease that can make it difficult for you to see clearly, potentially leading to total blindness if they aren't treated. Here at Mead EyeCare & EyeWear in Woodbury, MN, our optometrists can detect the presence of cataracts in time to preserve your sight, from corrective lenses and lifestyle changes to co-management of lens replacement surgery.
Cataracts and Their Effects on Vision
The lenses of your eyes are normally transparent because the proteins that they contain allow light to enter. Sometimes, these proteins form solid, opaque barriers that interfere with vision. The most common type of cataracts are nuclear sclerotic cataracts, and they occur from age and decades of UV exposure. Cataracts develop in the front center of the lens, but they also can occur at the rim of the lens (cortical cataracts) or the rear of the lens (posterior subcapsular cataracts). These types of cataracts are often the result of certain health conditions or the use of medications such as steroids.
Cataracts can create a number of distressing visual symptoms. One common is the appearance of distracting halos or other patterns around strong light sources, which is a problem for anyone driving at night. Light sensitivity, blurred vision, and changes in color perception can also occur. If your cataracts grow to the point that no light can enter the eyes, you may not be able to see at all.
Diagnosing and Treating Cataracts
Our optometrists can detect cataracts during a comprehensive eye exam. We will check your vision for changes and examine your eyes with an illuminated device called a slit lamp. Early-stage cataracts may not produce any noticeable vision changes for years. When they do start affecting your vision, we can prescribe you with corrective lenses that lessen glare and blurriness. We may also recommend UV-blocking filters, smoking cessation, alcohol moderation, and other self-care measures to help minimize cataract growth.
If your cataracts become a severe problem, we can refer you to an eye surgeon for lens replacement surgery. This quick, painless process is highly successful at restoring visual clarity. We will then follow your recovery to make sure all is well.
Talk to Our Woodbury, MN, Optometrists Today
Our Woodbury, MN, optometrists can help you maintain your vision, with cataracts or no cataracts. Call Mead EyeCare & EyeWear today at 651-735-9550.