Cataracts

Bloomberg Eyecare

Optometrists located in Warren, OH, Austintown, OH, & Boardman, OH

Over 24 million Americans over 40 are living with less-than-perfect vision because of cataracts. At Bloomberg Eyecare, with offices in Austintown, Boardman, and Warren, Ohio, the skilled optometrists offer comprehensive eye exams to evaluate cataracts and help you restore clear vision. To learn more about your treatment options for cataracts, call the Bloomberg Eyecare office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Cataracts Q&A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts describe a clouding of the natural lens of your eye, which bends light to help you see clearly. 

As you get older, this lens can begin to cloud over as proteins in the lens clump together and change how you see things. When you develop cataracts, you may experience blurry vision and notice you can’t see color as vibrantly as you once did. 

Other common side effects of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Seeing halos around lights

You may also notice that you need a brighter light to read or see things up-close.

What causes cataracts?

Many people begin noticing vision changes due to cataracts around the age of 40 because proteins that make up your lens begin to break down. As you reach your 60s, the cloudiness of the lens can become progressively worse and may begin to affect your vision. 

Other issues that can increase your risk for cataracts include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking 
  • Eye injury
  • Family history
  • Use of certain medications

You may also be more likely to develop cataracts if you spend too much time in the sun without the proper protection of sunglasses. 

How are cataracts diagnosed?

While you may have a noticeable clouding of your eye, your Bloomberg Eyecare optometrist diagnoses cataracts through a comprehensive eye exam. They use diagnostic tests to assess the severity of your cataracts, which may include:

Slit-lamp exam

A slit-lamp is a special microscope that helps your provider detect abnormalities in your lens, iris, and cornea. 

Retinal exam

A retinal exam involves dilating your pupils to provide a better view of the structures at the back of your eye to evaluate cataracts.

Visual acuity test

During a visual acuity test, your optometrist assesses how well you can see with the cataract to determine if you need treatment. 

How are cataracts treated?

If you’re experiencing vision issues due to cataracts, your Bloomberg Eyecare optometrist may recommend updating your prescription glasses or contacts to give you better vision.

To protect your overall eye health and reduce your risk for cataracts, you can also get prescription sunglasses. Bloomberg Eyecare offers many frame styles from designers like Coach®, Nicole Miller, and Ann Taylor. 

Cataracts that severely interfere with your vision require surgery. Your Bloomberg Eyecare optometrist can determine if you’re a candidate for cataract surgery after examining your overall eye health. They provide referrals for surgery and offer comprehensive after-care services. 

When you have surgery for cataracts, the surgeon replaces your natural lens with an intraocular lens (IOL). This artificial prescription lens can correct vision issues, like nearsightedness and farsightedness, so you may not need glasses after surgery.

If you have blurry vision or require expert cataracts care, schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Bloomberg Eyecare today online or by calling the office nearest you.