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Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness worldwide. Luckily, in the United States, they are easily treatable. Because they are a very common condition, they are one of the first things we look for if you are over 60 and beginning to experience blurrier vision. Here at our Mooresville optometry clinic, we carefully screen our patients for cataracts and provide treatment options if necessary.
Cataracts occur when protein builds up in the lens of the eye and turns the normally-clear tissue white in one or both eyes. They can happen to anyone, but they are most common in adults over 60. These are called age-related cataracts, and they may have no other underlying cause. However, conditions like diabetes, eye infections, and trauma to the eye can also cause cataracts. Sometimes, babies are born with congenital cataracts.
There are medical and lifestyle-related risk factors for cataracts as well:
There are a number of symptoms that can be related to cataracts or other eye diseases:
Sometimes, cataracts cause a temporary improvement in near vision while they are developing. This is referred to as second sight, and it does not last. People who have cataracts may have trouble driving at night because of the glare of headlights. They may also have problems with ordinary activities because of the reduction in vision.
If you are concerned that you have symptoms that may indicate the presence of cataracts, please call us for an appointment.
Here at Eye Care Center in Mooresville, we can help you prevent, manage, and treat cataracts. Regular visits to our optometrist will help you stay healthy and make sure that any cataracts are caught at an early stage. We can also discuss your risk of cataracts and what you might do to lower that risk.
If you are diagnosed with a cataract, modern treatment is very effective. Mild cataracts can be managed with glasses and contact lenses, while moderate or severe cataracts are treated with surgery. The surgeon will remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial one. Ninety-five percent of patients report seeing better after surgery than before.
Making the decision to have cataract surgery is not easy. If you are facing this decision, come visit our optometry clinic and speak to an optometrist about your condition and what your best option might be. We also provide pre- and post-operative care for patients who choose to have cataract surgery.
Whether you are concerned you might have cataracts, know that you do and are looking for treatment options, or just want to make sure your eyes are taken care of, call us at Eye Care Center today. We proudly serve the communities of Mooresville, Davidson, Statesville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Denver, and Lake Norman, and we can be reached at (704) 664-9121. Right now, we have a buy one get the second pair 50% off sale on glasses!