Cataract Services from Your Addison and Burbank, IL Optometrist
With the graying of the baby boomers, many health conditions have become more prevalent. One of them is the development of cataracts. Despite increasing numbers of individuals affected, patients who visit our Eye Care Center Limited optometry practice in Addison or Burbank, IL are sometimes taken aback by a cataract diagnosis. This is because they often fail to recognize symptoms until the disorder has reached an advanced stage.
What Exactly Are Cataracts?
Cataracts can cause vision loss. They consist of protein deposits that build up on the lens of an eye. The resulting accumulation keeps the lens from effectively performing its job, which is focusing light on the retina.
As many as 24 million Americans who are least 40 have a cataract problem. While some experience a cataract in just one eye, having them in both eyes is more typical. Even with a cataract in each eye, the development of each accumulation might prove different.
The most common symptoms our patients experience include:
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Refraction changes
- Increased difficulty seeing in dark areas
- Reduced color intensity
- Increased glare sensitivity, particularly at night
Advancing age is not the only risk factor for developing a cataract problem. Taking certain medications, consuming alcohol, and smoking are also important. So is exposure to ultraviolet radiation; experiencing deficiencies in nutrition; and suffering from a certain health condition, among them diabetes.
Services from Our Optometry Practice
Our optometry practice performs a cataract screening at each comprehensive vision exam. Diagnosis might occur after eye refraction, measuring eye pressure, or assessing the lens of each eye. Other typical tests look for problems in color vision and glare sensitivity, measure visual acuity, and evaluate the condition of each retina.
It remains impossible to prevent cataract formation. The focus of our eye care for patients with cataracts is ongoing monitoring to manage the disorder and advise how to improve vision.
When a cataract interferes sufficiently with vision to warrant eradicating it, the only way to do so is to surgically remove the underlying lens. At this point, our doctor will recommend that a surgeon remove the affected lens and replace it with an artificial one.
Medicated drops can slow progression before surgery. Special lens coatings and changes in corrective lenses address vision changes, as do visual aids. We also recommend appropriate lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and adopting healthier nutrition.
Schedule an Exam with Our Addison & Burbank Optometrists
Our doctor provides complete optometric services for patients of all ages. To take advantage of our state-of-the-art equipment, call our Eye Care Center Limited optometry practice in Addison at (630) 543-0607 or our Burbank office at (708) 599-0050 to schedule an appointment.