If your vision becomes cloudy, blurry, or hazy in your senior years, it could be due to cataracts. Cataracts are formed over the years due to the breakdown of proteins in the lens of your eye. Over time, these tiny protein particles start to combine, forming a cloudy film over the lens, leading to the condition known as cataracts. Advanced cataracts can seriously impair your vision and make it impossible to perform daily tasks. A visit to Vision 3C Specialists in San Antonio can help determine if you have cataracts and provide appropriate treatment. Here’s what you should know about this condition.
Warning Signs of Cataracts
In their early stages, cataracts are hardly noticeable as they're so small that they have no impact on your sight. As the years go by and your cataracts grow, they'll begin to threaten your sight as they cover more and more of the lens of your eye. Some warning signs of advanced cataracts include:
• Blurred or hazy vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Inability to see clearly at night
• The appearance of spots in your vision or halos over lights
• Loss of color vision
• The need for more light to read or perform close-up tasks
• Frequent upgrading of your eyeglasses prescription to improve your sight
Through routine exams, your San Antonio eye doctor can monitor the growth and development of cataracts to determine the best form of treatment. Early symptoms can often be managed with prescription eyeglasses to improve your vision. As the cataracts progress, you may need to update your prescription more frequently to counter their effects. Eventually, you may need cataract surgery to permanently resolve issues with cataracts and restore your sight.
Your San Antonio ophthalmologist can perform cataract surgery at our eye clinic. This procedure involves removing the lens clouded by cataracts and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens to restore visual clarity. Cataract surgery is considered a safe and effective means of treating cataracts and is routinely performed by thousands of ophthalmologists across the country. If you have cataracts in both eyes, we will treat one eye first, wait for it to heal, and then treat the other.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient treatment, so you can go home shortly after your procedure to rest and recover. Once your treatment is complete, we’ll schedule follow-up visits to oversee your recovery. Most people recover quickly with no complications or side effects from this treatment.
Contact Our Eye Doctors at Vision 3C Specialists in San Antonio, TX
To schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, contact our eye doctors at Vision 3C Specialists at 210-538-2020.