Life With Cataracts

There are many eye disorders and diseases that can impair your vision, but cataracts rank at the top of the list, especially among older populations. Since cataracts are progressive, the effects of the problem may be minor, at first. Unfortunately, with time, your cataracts can grow and greatly interfere with your ability to function on a day-to-day basis.

To give you an idea of what life may be like with cataracts, the team of eye health experts here at Bellmawr Eye Care, pulled together the following information.

Cataracts 101

Your eyes contain clear lenses which help you to focus light onto your retina. As you age, the proteins in your lenses can break down and cluster together, forming spots that interfere with how your eyes focus light.

Most people develop cataracts after the age of 40, and by 75, about half of Americans have some form of the problem.

Cataracts typically affect both eyes, but not necessarily at the same rate.

Signs of cataracts

As we mentioned, cataracts are progressive, and you may not notice any problem during the earlier stages as the proteins in your lenses begin to break down.

As the proteins start to cluster together, you may experience:

These symptoms may be mild at first, and we can often remedy the problem with corrective lenses. 

Dealing with early cataracts on your own

While we can help improve your vision with corrective lenses, there are many steps you can take to offset the effects of early cataracts, such as:

If you have a pre-existing condition that can affect the health of your eyes, such as diabetes, it’s imperative that you manage the disease properly to reduce your risks for cataracts.

Lastly, if you’re a smoker, now’s the time to quit, as smoking can accelerate your cataracts.

Managing moderate-to-severe cataracts

If your cataracts advance to the point where your vision is seriously impaired and you withdraw from your usual activities, it’s likely time to consider cataract surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon removes your cloudy lenses and replaces them with artificial lenses.

The good news is that this type of surgery is extremely successful at restoring your clear vision.

At our practice, we provide co-management services for cataract surgery, which means we play a role in diagnosing the problem, and then we work with your ophthalmologist before, during, and after your surgery to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

If you’d like to learn more about your treatment options for cataracts, please contact our office in Bellmawr, New Jersey, to set up an appointment.

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