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Cataract Diagnoses At Spectrum Eye Care
Getting older can be scary, especially when you start to notice changes in your vision. At Spectrum Eye Care, we are committed to not only providing exceptional eye care, but also helping to educate our patients. Cataracts are a common age-related disease that can be treated with surgery. Here’s some more information about cataracts to help you understand the disease and what you can do to prevent it or get the treatment you need.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts form on the lens of your eyes, which is behind the iris, or the colored part of the eye. This lens helps to focus light to produce clear, sharp vision. As we grow older, this lens becomes less flexible, it’s harder for light to pass through it, and it becomes thicker. This causes a clouding of your vision and as the cataract gets worse, vision deteriorates as well.
Risk Factors of Cataracts
There are a variety of risk factors for developing cataracts, including:
- Excessive Exposure to Sunlight
- High Blood Pressure
- Excessive Alcohol
- Age: Early Signs May Begin In Your 40s or 50s
How Can You Prevent Cataracts?
While there isn’t a proven way to prevent cataracts from developing, there are methods that can help improve your eye health and to potentially reduce the risk of them developing this condition. Quitting smoking, managing weight and trying to lower blood pressure, and reducing the amount of alcohol you drink to a moderate amount can all improve your overall health and reduce the risk of cataracts.
If cataracts are affecting the quality of your vision to a point where it is dangerous or uncomfortable, you should consider scheduling an eye exam and discussing with your optometrist what treatment options are available for you. Treatment for cataracts includes surgery to remove the lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist and is often an outpatient procedure. It is generally a safe and effective way to get rid of the cataract.
If you are experiencing issues with your vision, the sooner you can visit an eye doctor, the better. Although cataracts aren’t always treated right away, it’s highly important for your doctor to monitor the progress of the cataract and its impact on your vision. Spectrum Eye Care specializes in age-related diseases like cataracts and we can provide the care and service you need.
Located in Colorado Springs, our eye clinic provides service to patients throughout the area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.