Cataracts can cause cloudy vision, significantly reducing the quality of your life. At Hayden Optometric, we have been providing residents of Mansfield, MA with reliable eye care services for many years including the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. Following are the answers to several questions our optometrist frequently receives regarding cataracts.
What Is a Cataract?
Cataracts happen when the lens of the eye gets cloudy. The lens of the eye is normally clear, and when it is cloudy, so is your vision. Seeing with a cataract is like looking through fog or a frosty window. When you have cataracts, it can be more difficult to drive, to see at night, to read, and to recognize facial expressions.
What Causes Cataracts?
Aging is the main cause of cataracts. No matter the cause, cataracts occur when fibers and proteins that are inside the lens start to break down. This breakdown causes the normally clear lens to become opaque. They can also be caused by an injury to the eye. There are certain health conditions, such as diabetes, that can cause them, as can having eye surgeries, certain other eye conditions, and using steroid medications long-term. They can also be caused by long-term exposure to UV rays. It's a good idea to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when you're outdoors during the day.
What Are Symptoms of Cataracts?
When you are reading you may need more light. If you see halos that appear around lights, you may have a cataract. Cataracts can also cause your vision prescription to change frequently. You may also see that colors have faded or look yellowed, and you may have double vision in one of your eyes. In the beginning, you may notice no symptoms at all. The condition progresses slowly, and eventually, you will notice some cloudiness in your vision and other symptoms. As the cataract grows, it will cloud over more of the lens of your eye and start to distort the light that passes through it.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist in Mansfield, MA
If you are looking for cataract treatment in Mansfield, MA, contact Hayden Optometric today. Call us at (508) 339-3952 for more information or to schedule an appointment