Optometrists located in Warren, OH, Austintown, OH, & Boardman, OH
More than 24 million Americans over age 40 are living with less-than-perfect vision because of cataracts. At Bloomberg Eyecare, with offices in Austintown, Boardman and Warren, Ohio, the experienced eye doctors provide comprehensive eye exams to evaluate your eye health, diagnose and detect cataracts and restore clear vision. If a cataract is detected, the Bloomberg eye doctor will assess the need and timing for surgery and provide pre- and post-operative care. To learn more about your treatment options for cataract, call the Bloomberg Eyecare office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
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 60’s 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:
- Eye Injuries
- Family History of Cataracts
- 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 doctor diagnoses cataracts through a comprehensive eye exam using diagnostic testing to assess the severity of your cataracts, which may include:
- Slit Lamp Exam
A slit-lamp is a special microscope that helps your doctor 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 Bloomberg optometrist assesses how well you can see with the cataract to determine if you need treatment or surgery.
How are Cataracts Treated?
If you are experiencing vision issues due to early stage cataracts, your Bloomberg Eyecare doctor may recommend updating your prescription glasses or contact lenses to give your better vision.
To protect your overall eye health and reduce your risk for cataracts, you can also get prescription sunglasses.
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 then can provide advice or refer you to our staff ophthalmologist 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 require eyeglasses after surgery.
If you have blurry vision, schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Bloomberg Eyecare today online or by calling the office nearest you!