Did you know that more than half of all cases of vision loss in the world are caused by cataracts? In the U.S. alone, almost 25 million are affected with this eye problem. As June marks Cataracts Awareness Month, Clear View Vision Care, your trusted provider of macular degeneration treatment and other eye care services, answers the top questions about this condition.
Q: How Do Cataracts Happen?
Your eyes have natural, transparent lenses that are made up of protein and water. As the protein breakdown hastens over time, protein fragments may build up on the lenses’ surface, leading to cataract formation.
Q: Who Are at Risk for Cataracts?
Increasing age and heredity are major risk factors for cataract development, though congenital cataracts may also be present at birth. Having other pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, may lead to secondary cataracts. Traumatic cataracts may occur as a complication of eye injuries or surgeries, as well. Prolonged exposure to radiation elements may result in radiation cataract development too. Routine eye exams can help detect these early.
Q: How Do Cataracts Affect My Vision?
Cataracts may block light rays from entering your eyes, causing your hazy or blurry vision. More severe cases report decreased night vision and heightened glare sensitivity. These visual impairments may also hinder you from completing your daily tasks efficiently, compromising your quality of life.
Q: What Are the Treatment Options?
In mild cataract cases, brighter lighting and higher eyeglass prescription may help improve your vision. If the cataracts are affecting your eyesight significantly, we may recommend performing cataract surgery removal. You can count on us to explain the procedure in detail, help you prepare and answer any questions you may have.
For reliable eye care, turn to Clear View Vision Care. Apart from cataracts, we also manage dry eyes, refractive errors and more. Call us at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form to schedule a visit. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ areas.