Cataracts are an eye condition that occurs when your lens becomes clouded. Cataracts can happen at any point in life, but most often occur as we age. The proteins and fibers within your lens break down and begin to clump together, causing the cataract. This cataract prevents the light from passing through your lens as clearly as it once did. It makes it hard to see and you may experience difficulty doing day-to-day activities such as reading and driving.
The good news is that we can help diagnose and treat cataracts. We at Fletcher Family Eyecare in Jonesboro, AR, are a qualified optometrist ready to assist you with cataract or other vision needs.
Cataracts grow slowly, so you may gradually notice these symptoms over time:
- Cloudy or blurry vision.
- Halos around lights.
- Sensitivity to lights.
- Requiring brighter lightening to do certain tasks such as reading or knitting.
- Colors are becoming faded.
- Trouble seeing as well at night.
You can actually look at someone and see cataracts in their eyes, in more advanced cases.
Who's at Risk?
Other risk factors in addition to age may increase your risk of getting cataracts:
- A family history of cataracts.
- Too much exposure to the sun.
- Drinking alcohol excessively.
- Other health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Being overweight.
Certain eye injuries can cause cataracts. It is also possible that babies can be born with cataracts, or small children may develop them.
There are different steps you can take to at least ward off cataract growth. Prevention can include:
- Eating a healthier diet.
- Quitting smoking and heavy drinking.
- Making sure other health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure are managed well.
- Wearing sunglasses.
One of the most important steps is to make sure you have regular eye exams. Coming to visit us regularly at Fletcher Family Eyecare allows our eye doctor to diagnose cataracts and help you on your journey to cataract treatment.
An eye exam can be used to diagnose cataracts. Once a diagnosis is made, our optometrist will discuss a treatment plan. This may include using brighter lights at home, wearing sunglasses, or changing your prescription. We might also refer you out to an ophthalmologist for surgery.
Get Eye Care for Cataracts from an Optometrist on Our Optometry Team
Cataracts affect people all over the world and you are not alone in your struggle. If you believe you have cataract symptoms, contact our clinic, Fletcher Family Eyecare, in Jonesboro, AR, to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor. It can help save your vision. Call us at (870) 930-9200 for more information.