Protein buildup in the lens slowly forms dense, cloudy areas that causing a progressive, but painless loss of vision. Light simply can’t get through the lens as easily. Our lenses cloud naturally as we age, especially if you’re over 65.
However, cataracts shouldn’t be accepted as part of your natural aging process – they’re a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. If left untreated, cataracts will worsen over time and lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness.
We perform various tests to diagnose cataracts. Typically, a dilated eye exam tests your vision and examines the condition of the lens and other parts of the eye. We may also use tonometry, a procedure that measures the pressure in the eye, as well as other diagnostic procedures.
Cataract surgery can restore your vision and your ability to read, work or do the things you enjoy. It’s one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the U.S., and can be performed quickly and easily with minimal risk of complications. In fact, it has one of the highest success rates of any type of surgery. It takes only a few minutes to perform and is painless for most patients. You can return home the same day by having someone drive you home.
Regular checkups are the best way to detect cataracts as early as possible and to plan an effective treatment method. Early detection and treatment helps prevent vision loss.