Cataract Management From a Leading Optometrist in Texas City
Cataracts affect nearly 25 million people in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, causing vision problems like dim vision, blurry vision and difficulty doing everyday activities like reading, watching TV, or using a computer or phone. Fortunately, cataracts can be corrected with a simple surgical procedure where your cloudy natural lens is replaced by a special clear lens so you can enjoy better vision. Before surgery and afterward, you need special care from an optometrist who’s trained in cataract management and postsurgical care. As a leading optometrist in Texas City, League City, and Galveston, Texas City Eye Consultants provides state-of-the-art care and treatment for men and women with cataracts, as well as postsurgical follow-up care to ensure every patient enjoys optimal vision.
What are cataracts?
Cataract is the term for a condition that causes your eye’s natural lens to become clouded over. The clouding occurs most often as a result of age-related changes that cause proteins in the lens to “clump up.” The AAO says about half of all people over age 75 will have at least one cataract, and some people develop age-related cataracts in their 40s. Although less common, cataracts also can be caused by traumatic injury or long-term use of steroid medications. People with diabetes are also more likely to have cataracts and to develop them at a younger age.
What kinds of symptoms can cataracts cause?
When your lens becomes cloudy, it blocks light from entering your eye and reaching the light-sensitive retina, where image information is gathered and transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve. As a result, people who have cataracts tend to have symptoms like:
- blurry vision
- problems seeing in low-light conditions or at night
- difficulty seeing various color gradations (colors tend to appear “washed out”)
- halos or rings around bright lights
- problems doing “close-up” work like reading or sewing
Other eye conditions can cause similar symptoms, so if you have any of these symptoms or any other change in your vision, it’s important to have an eye exam right away so your eye doctor can evaluate your symptoms and make sure you receive the most appropriate care.
What cataract treatment options does Texas City Eye Consultants offer?
Cataracts can affect one or both eyes, and they won’t get better. At first, you may be able to improve your vision temporarily with lifestyle changes like brighter lighting and magnifying lenses when doing close-up work. But eventually, you’ll need surgery to replace the clouded lens. Your eye doctor will be able to provide you with a referral to a local eye surgeon and work with the surgeon to perform your presurgical exams. Once your surgery is complete, our team will provide the follow-up care and service your need for a complete recovery and clear vision.
Full-Service Eye Care in Texas City, Galveston and League City
If you have cataracts or you have vision changes you think might be related to cataracts, scheduling an eye exam with Texas City Eye Consultants is the first step toward a better vision and improved eye health. Call Texas City Eye Consultants at 409-945-5511 and schedule your eye exam today.