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Cataract Exam & Management

Could Cataracts be in Your Future?

Cataracts are a typical sign of aging, and can begin forming by the age of 40! It’s a normal part of the lifespan of your natural lens, but that doesn’t mean it’s something you have to live with. It’s important to watch for the signs of a cataract and take action when they are still developing.

How Do Cataracts Forms?

Cataracts describes the change in your natural crystalline lens from clear to cloudy. It occurs when the natural collagen in your lens begins to cloud over and no longer allows light through to your retina, making colors dull and creating glare or halos.

You have some control over the development of cataracts. Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays with the use of sunglasses whenever you are outdoors. A healthy lifestyle can be instrumental in the prevention of this condition. Regular alcohol use and smoking have been shown to increase your risk of early cataracts. A diet rich with antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and E have proven effective in helping to delay cataract formation.

As with most age-related eye disorders, cataracts develop very slowly, making them difficult to notice initially. Cataracts may even affect one eye more than the other. Symptoms include cloudy, blurred or hazy vision, an increased sensitivity to light (especially at night), and halos around objects. You may need more light to read or have double vision.

If you have any cataract symptoms, request an appointment today.

Cataracts are not painful, but they create significant issues in day to day life such as driving at night or reading. At first, a pair of prescription glasses or an increase in your prescription to account for the change in refractive error may help to correct your vision. As cataracts evolve it may be necessary to undergo cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery

When your cataracts become problematic, your optometrist at McBride Vision Clinic will refer you for cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that takes 10-15 minutes per eye to perform and about a month to recover. Patients report improvements in their visions with few complications. Each eye is done separately, allowing it to recover fully before operating on your second eye.

This is an outpatient procedure done by an ophthalmologist. Your natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one. Your cloudy lens is broken up into small pieces by an ultrasound device and the pieces are removed. The new, intraocular lens (IOL) is fitted in place behind your iris and pupil where your natural lens used to be. Eye drops are used postoperatively to aid healing and a protective shield is worn at night for about one month.

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Portland, OR 97225

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