Cataracts Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments From Your Tucson Optometrist
Cataracts are cloudy areas in the eye that grow to gradually obstruct vision, eventually causing a complete loss of eyesight. Cataracts develop after proteins collect in the eye, covering the lens and blocking sight. The end result is a white, filmy haze that covers the pupil and iris of the eye.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Those with cataracts may complain of blurry vision, a loss of night vision, seeing double or viewing bright colors as faded or as having a yellow tint. Those suffering from cataracts will also need more light to see with during the daytime and may complain of sensitivity to light or halos around lights. The problems with vision will lead most to obtain a prescription for eyeglasses or to change prescriptions and to switch between eyeglasses and contact lenses frequently.
Since cataract development is a gradual process, symptoms will appear and become worse over time. This condition is most prevalent in the elderly. It is recommended that people see a doctor if they experience flashes of light, sudden eye pain, or sudden headaches.
What are the Causes of Cataracts?
Specific genetic disorders can play a role in the development of cataracts. As the genetic disorder develops and progresses, it can create the right conditions for cataracts to form.
There are other contributing factors that lead to the development of cataracts: diabetes, smoking, obesity, eye injury, excessive alcohol, high blood pressure, prolonged exposure to certain medications, eye surgery, and age.
Treatments for Cataracts
To date, the only effective cure or treatment for cataracts is eye surgery. Most of these surgeries are done on an out-patient basis and are widely considered to be routine. To determine whether or not cataract surgery is necessary, a licensed ophthalmologist must perform an eye exam and diagnose the patient with cataracts.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Licensed Ophthalmologist in Tucson
Ophthalmology is the area of medicine that deals specifically with the eye and any conditions or diseases that affect the eye. At Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, Hunter & Associates Eye Care & Surgery Center, ophthalmology is the focus and passion we operate with. Our practice is family-centric, providing for the needs of the entire family. We provide exams, glasses or contacts, surgery, and emergency treatment.
Our licensed staff has over 30 years of combined experience which we utilize to treat patients at two locations in the Tucson area. Come visit our Eyes Tucson Center located at 5599 North Oracle Road in Tucson, Arizona, 85704 or our Rooney Ranch location at 10425 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 135 in Tucson, Arizona, 85737. You may also call these locations: (520) 293-6740 for the Eyes Tucson location and (520) 293-6740 for the Rooney Ranch location. You may also visit us online.