Cataracts are a common eye condition, and it’s estimated that by age 80, half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Jan Dao, OD, and her team of expert optometrists at InFocus Vision, with offices in Fort Worth and Cedar Hill, Texas, can manage your cataracts and your vision, both before and after surgery. For expert eye care, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
A cataract is a cloud or film that forms over the eye’s lens and affects the clarity of your vision. Cataracts can develop at any age, but are more common as you get older, typically starting around age 55. You can develop cataracts in one or both of your eyes, but they can’t spread from one eye to another.
Your lens is made up of protein and water, and as you get older the protein may begin to clump and cloud over the lens, creating the cataract. The clouding starts out small, but grows with time and affects vision. While aging may be a factor in your development of cataracts, smokers and people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing the cloudy film.
Cataracts can cause a number of visual changes, such as:
You can’t prevent or even slow down the growth of cataracts, but there are treatments available to improve your vision.
Your optometrist at InFocus Vision can determine if you have a cataract during your comprehensive eye exam. The thorough examination includes:
Additional testing to assess how much the cataract is affecting your vision may also be necessary to help your optometrist develop the most effective treatment plan.
Your optometrist determines the aggressiveness of your cataract treatment based on how much it’s affecting your eyesight. If your cataract isn’t affecting your vision, your optometrist may take a wait-and-see approach and monitor the growth of your cataract at each visit.
If you wear glasses, tweaking your prescription or using anti-glare lenses may provide some improvement in your vision.
Ultimately, though, when your cataract progresses, you will need surgery to remove the lens and replace it with an artificial lens. Dr. Dao and her team can co-manage your cataract surgery so you get the most well-rounded and effective treatment available.
For care and management of all your eye needs, including cataracts, from a team who cares, call InFocus Vision, or book an appointment online.