Overview of Cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in your eye. When people develop cataracts, seeing through a cloudy crystalline lens is like looking through a frosty or fogged up window. It can make it more difficult to read, drive a car or just blur your vision in general. Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will interfere with your vision and will need to be surgically removed.
The perception of most people is that cataracts are linked to aging. However, they can be present in newborns or develop shortly after birth. They can also develop as a secondary problem due to diabetes, alcohol consumption, certain medications, smoking, prior eye surgery or eye injuries.
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Need for brighter light for reading and close work
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens RX’s
- Faded or yellowed appearance of colors
- Double vision
Treatment from Our Practice
Our doctors can diagnose and manage your cataract development. Your visit will include a comprehensive vision exam, an assessment of health history, an evaluation of symptoms and complaints and counseling on long term management.
The most appropriate treatment for a patient depends on the level of vision impairment present. For early development, monitoring is the standard treatment. As a cataract matures, patients will benefit from the use of anti-glare coatings and UV light protection on their glasses. Frequent prescription changes may also be necessary. When a cataract reaches the point that surgery is required to correct it, our practice will refer you to a skilled surgeon and assist you with all of your surgical aftercare.
Schedule an exam with one of our Doctor’s
Optometric Images Vision Care is a full service vision provider serving the Dublin and Tri-Valley area. The foundation of our practice is a combination of professional services and personal attention. Whether your need is corrective eyewear or treatment for disorders such as cataracts, we’re to help. Take a moment to call us today at 925-479-0400 to schedule an exam with one of doctor’s and help protect your vision.