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Cataracts Treatment FAQ

Cataracts are a common condition that can affect many people. Knowing what a cataract is, how to identify cataracts and what kind of treatment to seek for this problem can help you take care of your eyesight and avoid blindness.

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What are cataracts?

A cataract is a condition that causes a hazy cloud to develop in the lens of the eyes. This hazy cloud develops with time, becoming thicker and more prominent over many months.

Can cataracts cause blindness?

Yes, cataracts can cause blindness if it is not treated properly by a professional.

What causes cataracts?

A cataract is caused by a clumping of the protein in the lens of the eyes. As the protein gathers, this clouds the lens, eventually resulting in blindness.

Cataracts can happen to anyone, but some people are at higher risk for cataracts than others. Below are some of the factors that can increase the likelihood that you will develop cataracts:

  • Age.
  • Exposure to UV rays.
  • Diabetes.
  • Smoking.
  • Eye injury.
  • Family history.
  • Hypertension.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

When a cataract first begins, it can be hard to spot because the symptoms are subtle. The patient may notice that their vision is slightly blurred or that colors are not quite as crisp and clear as they once were. The patient may also have some sensitivity to bright light. As the cataract continues to develop, the patient's vision will deteriorate further until a milky cloud develops over the vision and blindness begins to set in.

How are cataracts treated?

Cataracts are treated surgically. During a cataract surgery, the lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. When the surgery is complete, the patient should experience vision similar to the vision that he or she had before the cataract developed.

Are there any negative side effects of cataracts?

Some patients require corrective lenses when cataract surgery is over, even if they didn't need corrective lenses in the past. The eye doctor makes this determination after the patient has recovered from the procedure.

Is cataract surgery permanent?

Yes, cataract surgery is permanent. Once the lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens, the patient should never experience a cataract in that eye again.

What can you do to prevent cataracts in Brandon FL?

The best way to prevent cataracts is to control the variables that could put you at risk for this condition. For example, maintaining a healthy weight, wearing sunglasses and seeing your eye doctor regularly can all help. In addition, getting an annual eye exam can help identify the signs of cataracts, which can prevent the condition from advancing.

For more information about getting your eyes examined for cataracts, and for more information about cataract treatment, contact your eye doctor at Brandon Eye Associates. We're proud to serve patients in Brandon and Plant City. Our ophthalmologist can identify cataracts and help you get treatment you need.

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