A common eye condition that can lead to loss of vision in the over 40 age group is cataracts. So, what causes cataracts and what can your optometrist do to help?
Cataracts and laser eye surgery
A cataract is the term used to describe the clouding of the eye’s lens, obstructing the iris and pupil and causing the sight to be compromised. The aging process can cause the proteins within the eye to clump together. This causes a small area of clouding, and over time, the clumping spreads, making it more and more difficult to see clearly. In addition to ageing, there are a number of other causes of cataracts including:
• use of steroid medications
• trauma or injury to the eye or chronic inflammation
• HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
You may also be more prone to developing cataracts if you have a family history of them.
Signs and symptoms of cataracts
A cataract may at first have little impression on your vision. You may find that your eyesight has become rather blurred, as though you were looking through cloudy glass. You may find the light from a lamp or from the sun seems to be overly bright. Night driving can become more challenging as you may find that the glare of oncoming headlights dazzles and distorts your vision much more than it did previously.
Some people may find that colours appear faded or not as vivid as they once were.
Eye surgery for cataract treatment
If you think that you may be developing cataracts, you should seek the immediate advice of an eye specialist.
Advanced eye surgery for cataracts is a relatively simple option that you should seriously consider as the condition progresses. Cataract surgery has a good success rate with most people enjoying 20/20 or 20/40 vision afterwards.
Surgeon Mark Wevill will extract the damaged, cloudy lens from your eye and replace it with a clear, synthetic lens made of acrylic or PMMA. Synthetic lenses are designed to protect the rest of your eye from damage by UV rays and some are even designed to correct other visual problems so that you won’t need to wear glasses.
If you think that your vision is becoming cloudy or you experience any of the other symptoms outlined above, why not contact the helpful experts at Laser Eye Surgery, Birmingham for advice.