What Are Cataracts?
The lens of your eye reflects light and helps you to see. Ideally, this lens will be clear and will allow for light to easily enter the eye. However, it is possible to develop cataracts that cloud the eye’s lens, making it difficult to see. At Spectrum Eye Physicians in San Jose, we have years of experience identifying and addressing cataracts. While cataracts can significantly impair your vision, they are fairly easy to treat.
Causes and Symptoms
Many things can cause cataracts. Often, cataracts are associated with aging and the natural breakdown of your lens. Injuries, including chemical burns, can cause cataracts. Glaucoma and other eye diseases can also cause cataracts. Alcohol consumption, diabetes, and extensive time in the sun can all increase your risk of developing cataracts. Some people are simply born with congenital cataracts. No matter the cause of your cataracts, our eye doctor will evaluate your condition and provide you with the best possible treatment.
Besides cloudy vision, there are other signs you are developing cataracts, including:
- Colors appearing faded
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Sensitivity to light
- Double vision
- Halos around lights
- Frequently changing vision prescription
Cataracts can make it dangerous to drive and perform other activities. Reduced vision could increase your chances of suffering an accident, thereby injuring yourself or someone else. Prompt treatment will restore your vision and eliminate the troublesome symptoms of cataracts.
Surgery is the most common answer to cataracts. Our eye doctor will surgically remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens. There are also steps you can take to reduce your likelihood of developing cataracts in the first place, including reading with proper lighting, using magnifying glasses, and limiting screen time. Cataracts are especially common as you age. However, cataracts can occur at any time in your life, especially if you have a family history of cataracts.