Cataracts FAQ with Our Leawood Optometry Team
At the Vision Professionals of Leawood KS, our optometry team helps hundreds of people from our community every year living with cataracts. We get many questions about this common, age-related eye condition, and are happy to spread awareness about it so that people can take more control over their vision and eye health.
What Is a Cataract?
A cataract is a condition that causes the lens inside the eye to become cloudy, similar to a foggy window. The lens is a normally clear structure inside your eye that sits directly behind the pupil.
What Are Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts often don't have any signs or symptoms in their early stages. When a cataract becomes big enough, however, it can disrupt the way light enters the eye and lead to a variety of issues, including:
- An appearance of halos around bright light sources
- Impaired night vision
- Fuzzy, blurry, and cloudy vision at various seeing distances
- The need for frequent prescription eyewear changes
- Increased sensitivity to glare and bright lights
What Causes a Cataract?
Cataracts are surprisingly common. In fact, the majority of people over the age of 75 have at least one, and about half of people over the age of 65 have one, too.
Age-related changes to the proteins and fibers inside the lens are the main causes of a cataract. Your risk factor for developing one increases if you smoke, have diabetes, have a history of eye surgery or trauma, have a history of excessive blue light or UV radiation exposure, are obese, or have high blood pressure.
How Can a Leawood Optometrist Help People with Cataracts?
Modern advances in eye care have made cataract management much more successful overall. If a cataract becomes big enough to disrupt vision, a person may decide to undergo cataract removal surgery. During this surgery, which is relatively simple and very common, the damaged lens is removed and replaced with an implant called an intraocular lens. This can improve eyesight dramatically and our Leawood optometrist staff can provide essential pre- and post-operative care and follow ups to make sure recovery goes smoothly.
Our optometry team can also help by monitoring cataracts, updating your prescription lenses, and educating about low vision strategies and other lifestyle techniques that can optimize eyesight.
Living with Cataracts?
Routine eye exams are an essential part of good eye care, especially as we age. If you're due for an eye exam or would like to know if you're dealing with a cataract, contact the Vision Professionals of Leawood at (913) 239-9446 to schedule an appointment today.