Cataracts are an extremely common vision complication that occurs in more than 50% of the population after the age of 75. Since you may be among the many people who will eventually experience symptoms of Cataracts such as cloudy vision, sensitivity to light, and impaired reading ability, you should get to know our expert ophthalmologist at Vision 3C Specialists. With offices in both San Antonio and Floresville, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff ready to help develop the best treatment plan for you.
At Vision 3C Specialists, we specialize in the correction of vision, cornea transplants, eye care, and cataracts. Our lead ophthalmologist Dr. Fernando Trujillo brings 17 years of experience to the table, and our staff continues to study recent techniques and developments. Take advantage of our expertise in cataracts and our two locations serving San Antonio and Floresville.
How Cataracts Form
Cataracts affect the lens, which is a clear, disc-shaped portion of the eye that light passes through. It works in conjunction with the cornea to refract the light to the retina as part of the process of translating visual information to the brain. Proteins that are part of the composition of the lens start to deteriorate over time, usually beginning at middle age, leaving behind opaque deposits that appear as cloudy obstructions to clear vision. Some other side effects cataract sufferers may notice include a blurred or halo effect around lights, an overly bright appearance of lights, colors seeming less vivid, and double vision.
How Your Eye Doctor Detects Cataracts
Your eye surgeon will test several aspects of your vision. One of these tests will include reading letters from an eye chart one eye at a time to determine the extent of your vision deterioration in each eye separately. A specialized microscope can be used to examine each component of your eye in more detail to look beyond your cornea and iris to see your lens and retina. The eye drops that ophthalmologists often use to dilate a patient’s pupils are an important part of an eye exam because widely dilated pupils allow the doctor to see into the back of the eye where the lens and retina are positioned and possibly detect cataracts.