Routine eye care is an important part of preserving vision as you age. Even if you’re diligent in visiting your ophthalmologist, there’s always the risk of developing cataracts in your senior years. Cataracts generally take years to develop, which is why this problem is seen more often in seniors. Cataracts form over the lens of your eye, clouding your vision so that it appears hazy or blurry, much like when you’re looking through a foggy window.
If you’re having trouble with your vision, contact Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists in Leesburg, Eustis or Clermont, FL, for an eye exam to see if cataracts are obstructing your sight.
Causes of Cataracts
Cataracts are generally an age-related condition, but can also form as a result of eye injuries, past eye surgeries, or health conditions that affect your eyes, such as diabetes. Cataracts occur when protein fibers from the eye lens start to break apart and form a cloud over the lens of your eye. In the beginning stages, the effects of cataracts can often be corrected with prescription eyeglasses. As cataracts grow, they will distort your vision more and more. Eventually, your vision will become so impaired, you’ll have difficulty performing daily tasks like reading, driving, or watching TV. Once cataracts interfere with your lifestyle, our ophthalmologist may recommend cataract surgery.
Cataracts can be easily detected during an eye exam. If you’re having problems with blurry vision, contact your eye doctor in Leesburg, Clermont, or Eustis, FL, to see if your vision problems could are being caused by cataracts. Some symptoms to watch out for are:
- Cloudy or blurred vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Gradual loss of night vision
- Fading colors or seeing things with a yellowish tint
- Sensitivity to light
- The appearance of halos around lights
- The need for brighter lights for reading
- Frequent changes in prescription eyewear to improve sight
The good news is that advanced cataracts can be treated and your vision restored through cataract surgery.
Over time, cataracts will reach the stage where prescription eyewear will no longer be effective in improving your vision. In this advanced stage, it’s likely that cataracts will impact your daily living and lower your quality of life. When you reach this point, it’s time to talk to our ophthalmologist about cataract surgery. We perform safe and effective cataract surgery procedures at Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists.
See Our Eye Doctor for Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
To learn more about cataracts and their treatment, contact Fishman and Sheridan Eyecare Specialists at (352) 360-2301. We’re here to meet all your eye-care needs