Cataract Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention from Our Mansfield Optometrist
Did you know cataract removal surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world? At Hayden Optometric in Mansfield, MA, our optometry team offers a range of services that help you or a loved one recover well from cataract removal surgery, or reduce your risk of cataracts in the first place.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts are the clouding over of the clear lenses inside the eyes. This usually occurs due to age-related changes that alter the structure and alignment of fibers and proteins inside the lens tissue.
In addition to advancing age, other known risk factors for cataracts include:
- Too much sun and UV radiation exposure
- History of eye surgery or trauma
- Excessive alcohol use
- Medical conditions like obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes (rarely, some children are born with conditions that cause cataracts)
- Family history
- Race or gender
Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts
When a cataract becomes large enough to disrupt the way light enters and focuses inside your eye, you might experience signs and symptoms such as:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Decreased nighttime vision
- Fading color vision
- The need for brighter lights to read
- The need for frequent prescription eyewear changes
- What look like "halos" surrounding bright light sources
- Increased sensitivity to bright lights and glare
How Our Mansfield Optometrist Can Help When You Have Cataracts
Mansfield optometrist, Dr. Joel Hayden, helps people reduce their risk for cataracts by providing services like prescription sunglasses that block UV radiation. Dr. Hayden is also happy to educate patients about lifestyle-related factors which can maximize their eye health and vision.
Regular eye exams with our eye doctor can help you identify cataracts early on so they can be more closely monitored. Cataracts can't be cured, but a damaged lens can be surgically removed by an ophthalmologist and replaced by a clear artificial lens in a relatively simple outpatient procedure.
If you have a cataract that becomes big enough to impair your vision and needs to be surgically replaced, our Mansfield optometrist is here to provide essential pre- and post-operative care, including medicated eye drops and updated prescription eyewear, to ensure your procedure goes well.
Concerned about Cataracts?
If you want to be screened for cataracts or have any other personalized eye care needs, contact Hayden Chiropractic today at (508) 339-3952 to schedule an appointment with our experienced Mansfield eye doctor.