Nearly half of all individuals in America will have cataracts by the time they reach 75. Knowing the early signs of this condition can help you prevent vision loss. At Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates, we provide comprehensive eye care for a variety of eye conditions, including cataracts.
What Are The Early Signs of Cataracts?
It is important to understand that the effects of cataracts become worse over time. Annual eye exams with an eye doctor are essential, especially as you age. Some of the warning signs for cataracts include:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Increased light sensitivity
- The appearance of “halos” around lights
- A frequent need for a stronger eyeglasses prescription
- Colors appear faded or less vibrant
If the cataracts are mild, a change in prescription may be all that is necessary. However, over time, cataracts can worsen. When cataracts affect your daily life, it may be recommended to have cataract surgery to see clearly.
What Causes Cataracts?
There is no specific reason why this eye condition occurs. However, it is more likely in those who have had a previous eye injury or have long-term exposure to UV light. Those with other medical issues, such as diabetes, are more susceptible to getting cataracts. Your best preventative measure is to attend annual eye exams and live a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding smoking.
Treatment for Cataracts
Eye surgery is usually completed one eye at a time, and you will need to heal before the second eye can receive treatment. Once both eyes are completed, most patients report seeing much clearer and do not have as much dependence on corrective eyewear.
Contact Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates for an Eye Exam
Our eye doctors are committed to our patients and provide the highest quality of eye care in Memphis. If you would like to schedule an appointment or would like to know more about our eye care services, call our team today at (901) 767-3937 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.