Because cataracts are often the result of aging, over half of all Americans will develop a cataract by the time they reach the age of 80. But it is important to keep in mind there are also some behaviors and factors that could increase the risk for developing cataracts. These include smoking, high blood sugar, and too much sun exposure without eye protection.
As for the symptoms, cataracts typically start out small and might not have much effect on the vision. But the initial and most obvious symptom is blurry or cloudy vision. An example of this could be certain objects may appear blurred or you may notice certain areas of your vision are fuzzy. What starts out as just a minor visual issue will eventually develop into full-blown cataracts and can negatively affect your everyday activities, making everything around you seem cloudy or dim.
As cataracts progress, they start to darken in color. When this happens, night vision is impacted, often making driving and other nighttime activities extremely difficult. In addition to poor night vision, sensitivity to light is also a common cataract symptom. The clouded lens diffracts the light that enters the eye, causing a glare and halo to appear around light sources such as lamps and streetlights. This symptom is not particularly noticeable during the daylight hours but is significant at night when lights appear even brighter against the dark sky.
If your lifestyle is significantly affected by your cataracts and you find it difficult to complete daily tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, you may consider learning more about cataract removal surgery that takes place at our fully-accredited, ambulatory Surgery Center.
To learn more about cataracts and cataract removal surgery at Precision Vision in Oklahoma, call our Midwest City office at (405) 679-3785 or click here.
For patients that have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are now preparing for cataract surgery, there is a revolutionary new implant that may help to reduce your dependance on glaucoma medications. iStent® is a very tiny implant that has helped thousands of glaucoma patients successfully manage their intraocular pressure. This one-in-a-lifetime surgery is performed during cataract surgery, and helps patients address both of these conditions at once.
What Is the iStent®?
The iStent® is the world’s smallest medical implant that has every been implanted in the human body. It is also the first micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This tiny implant has been successfully implanted in over 250,000 glaucoma patients around the world.
The iStent® is designed to:
Restore your eye’s natural ability to drain the fluid that causes the increased pressure inside your eye
Help keep eye pressure at a normal level
As a result of this normalized intraocular pressure, your Precision Vision doctor may be able to reduce or eliminate your need for glaucoma medications
What To Expect With iStent®
The iStent® procedure can only be performed during cataract surgery; this is why this implant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After your Precision Vision cataract surgeon removes your cataracts, he or she will implant the iStent device. Following the procedure, you will receive antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. You will have a follow-up appointment the next day to ensure your eye(s) are healing properly.
Questions? Contact Precision Vision Today!
If you have glaucoma and have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact the talented team at Precision Vision in Midwest City, Shawnee, South Oklahoma City or Edmond. Our highly trained glaucoma and cataract team will perform a detailed eye exam to determine if iStent is right for you. We will also discuss the best lens implant options that best fit your lifestyle.
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Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and affect approximately 24 million American adults over the age of 40. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and can happen to anyone. As we get older, the lenses in our eyes can gradually start to become cloudy, reducing the ability to see clearly. Precision Vision wants to help educate patients on understanding the symptoms of a cataract.
Common signs of cataracts:
If you’re 55 or older, and you haven’t had an eye exam in a year, schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at Precision Vision. Your medical doctor may not perform an eye exam during your checkups, so it is important to also schedule an eye exam each year. During the eye exam, your Precision Vision specialist will be able to determine if the changes in your vision are related to the development of a cataract.
If you notice your vision has become blurry or not in focus, you could possibly be developing cataracts. The lens of the eye helps you to focus on what you see – if it is compromised, it will affect your ability to focus.
If you begin to have impaired reading, or skip letters while you read, this is another sign a cataract may be developing. As you lose your ability to focus, the way you see is altogether changed.
Another common symptom of cataracts is the decreased ability to see at night or in dark lighting. Complaints of halos around lights, glare, and decreased vision are all common descriptions. If you have noticed your eyesight has changed during the night and in dark conditions, it could mean you have cataracts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Precision Vision today at (405) 733-4545 and schedule a cataract exam today at one of our four locations in Oklahoma. Our experienced laser cataract surgeons can help you determine the best treatment option that fits your lifestyle.