Are Cataracts Affecting Your Vision?
As we age, we all notice wear and tear on our bodies. Although deteriorating vision may be a common complaint, it is no less inconvenient or distressing than any other condition. Fortunately, compromised vision resulting from cataracts is reversible with a safe and straightforward procedure. DeCarlo Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care from a leading, board-certified ophthalmologist for patients in the Milwaukee, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, and Brookfield areas of Wisconsin.
Who Is Likely to Develop Cataracts?
Cataracts are frequently seen in people 80 years old and over, although they can occur at any age. Cataracts form when proteins that help make up the lens of the eye naturally start to break down as people get older and clump together to distort vision. Besides the normal aging process, other factors may prompt the development of cataracts, including damage to the eye or eye surgery, radiation treatments, diabetes, dehydrating medications like steroids, and excessive nicotine or alcohol consumption.
How Do Cataracts form in the Eye?
Cataracts significantly affect a person's vision. Cataracts cloud the lens of the eye, which plays an important role in sight, focusing light that enters the eye onto the retina. Proteins help keep the texture of the lens supple, but as they get older and begin to break down, the lens also becomes stiff. Hardened protein deposits appear as milky whitish spots on the lens, creating cloudy areas in a person's field of vision. A few different types of cataracts exist, and cloudy spots may start to appear on the periphery or in the center of a person's vision depending on which type of cataract that person ha.
Office Tests for Cataracts
Changes in vision caused by cataracts are typically gradual, and corrective lenses are able to help manage vision changes until the cloudy areas affect substantial portions of a person's lens. Those with cataracts may experience double vision, a halo border around lights, colors or contrasts appearing less vivid, problems with driving at night, reading, and light sensitivity.
Have your eyes checked regularly, and make an additional appointment with your eye doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. Your doctor may dilate your pupils in order to fully examine the lenses of your eyes and to see the extent of any cataracts that have developed.
Eye Care Treatment
Once cataracts interfere with your vision to the point that they make your routine habits difficult, surgery is the best option for treatment. Dr. John DeCarlo’s extensive experience and individualized attention will put you at ease. If you reside in Milwaukee, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, or the Brookfield areas, schedule an appointment with us at DeCarlo Eye Center for an exam.