You or someone you know might suffer from cataracts someday. The good news is cataracts are treatable. They occur when proteins in your eye break down, causing cause your lens to be cloudy. Our optometrist at Eye and Contact Lens Center in Kirkland, WA, can check for cataracts and discuss a treatment plan with you if we see this condition start to develop.
How Do You Get Cataracts?
Cataracts are something that often occurs as we age. While young children or those that experience eye injuries can get cataracts, they mostly occur in older people. Some may start to notice the effects of cataracts early, but because they grow slowly, they may not affect your vision for many years.
When you develop cataracts, you may feel like your eyesight is blurry. You may slowly notice that bright lights hurt your eyes. Yet when reading, you may feel you need more light to see clearer. Colors may appear dull, and you may see halos around headlights or streetlamps, especially at night. These halos make it harder to see at night.
While it is true cataracts can cause blindness, that blindness can potentially be reversed with surgery.
Our optometrist can suggest some options to help you see more clearly. First, we may offer ways to reduce cataract risks. We might recommend that, if you smoke or drink too much, reduce or stop smoking or drinking because they can cause cataract progression. If you have diabetes, keeping your blood sugar numbers in check can help reduce the risk of getting cataracts. Spending less time in the sun or wearing sunglasses and a hat to keep rays away from your eyes might help as well.
If we notice cataracts starting to form, a different eyeglasses prescription may help clear up your vision. We can see cataracts progress through regular visits and testing and talk about surgery options when that time comes.
It might be useful to detect cataracts early with regular eye exams. An eye exam can also detect more than just this one condition. It can also detect conditions like glaucoma early so you can get treatment before it damages your eyes.
Visit Us for Help with Cataracts
Cataracts can diminish your quality of life, but there are options to make your vision less cloudy. If you live in or near Kirkland, WA, give our optometrist at Eye and Contact Lens Center a call if you notice any of the symptoms of cataracts. Call us at (425) 822-8204.