Cataracts are a condition which interferes with the ability to see things clearly by causing a clouding of the eyes’ natural lenses. Cataracts develop slowly over time and may not initially impair vision. However, as cataracts progress, vision often becomes increasingly clouded, making normal activities such as reading difficult and activities such as driving downright dangerous. Fortunately, there are options to treat cataracts and improve vision. Dr. Walter Choate offers treatments to correct vision impaired by cataracts at his Nashville based practice.
Cataracts are generally a result of the aging process; however, they can also have other causes. Injury to the eye may damage the lens and cause a cataract to develop. Some other causes include certain eye conditions, genetic disorders, or medical conditions such as diabetes. Cataracts may also be linked to long-term use of steroid medications.
Cataracts are mostly known for causing foggy or cloudy vision but there are other signs and symptoms. Other signs and symptoms of cataracts include:
Maintaining eye health is vital to good vision. Though some of the risk factors of cataracts are genetic, other risks, such as obesity and smoking, are controllable. For those who suffer from one or more of the following risk factors, regular eye exams should be performed to ensure proper eye health and treatment of cataracts in the earliest stages. Some of the risks for developing cataracts include:
Protecting the eyes and maintaining eye health are essential to preventing cataracts and other potential eye problems. Seeing an eye doctor for regular check-ups, wearing sunglasses, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking are just a few things that can help protect the eyes and keep them healthy.
For those who have already developed cataracts or suffer from them despite taking preventive measures, treatments are available. Properly treating cataracts begins with accurate diagnosis as other conditions, including retinal disease and diabetic retinopathy, may be the actual cause of a patient’s vision problems. Treatments for cataracts are determined by the extent to which the cataract has progressed as well as the severity of vision impairment. For those whose cataracts are in their earliest stages, a stronger eyeglass prescription may help, at least temporarily.
Ultimately, the only way to eliminate cataracts and restore a patient’s vision to its pre-cataract state is through surgery. In cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens of the eye is removed and subsequently replaced by an IOL, or intraocular lens. During your initial consultation with Dr. Choate, he will explain cataract surgery to you in detail and discuss the full range of IOL options available.
Not only can living with cataracts take the joy out of daily activities such as reading and driving, but it can make some of those activities impossible to do. You don't have to live your life seeing the world through a haze. Cataract treatment is available and offers many long-term benefits. Cataract treatment can help you regain your vision and improve your quality of life. For more information about cataracts and cataract treatment, contact Dr. Choate today.