The expert team at Clarkson Eyecare specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions like cataracts. Our optometrists use the latest technology in eye exams and work with our cataract surgeons to determine the best solution to improve your vision and eye health.
If you are one of the 2.4 millions of Americans living with cataracts, Clarkson Eyecare can help you see clearly again.
At Clarkson Eyecare, our goal is to provide every patient with the best vision possible. We are located in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia. Click here or call (844) 393-2326 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists near you.
Who Gets Cataracts?
Approximately 50 percent of Americans suffer from cataracts. While aging is the most common cause, cataracts can also be genetic and affect people of all ages.
Risk factors for cataracts include:
High blood pressure
Extensive steroid use
Significant alcohol consumption
Family history of cataracts
Previous eye injury or eye surgery
Lifestyle habits can help prevent cataracts or reduce their impact if you currently have them. Not smoking, healthy eating, using bright light when reading, wearing sunglasses when outdoors, and limiting your sun exposure can improve your overall eye health.
A cataract occurs when the tissues of the lens in your eye discolor and opacify which prevents light from passing through your eye. Because cataracts develop over time, the symptoms develop slowly. The first sign of a cataract is generally hazy or blurred vision.
Other symptoms of cataracts include:
Trouble seeing well at night or in dim light
Seeing halos around headlights at night
Seeing bright colors as faded or yellowish
Light and glare sensitivity
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam at Clarkson Eyecare to diagnose your eye condition and discuss your options. If you are diagnosed with cataracts, your eye doctor will help you decide if prescription eyeglasses, specialty contact lenses, or cataract removal surgery is best for you.
Types of Cataracts
Different types of cataracts affect different areas of vision. The optometrists at Clarkson Eyecare are experts in eye diseases and can diagnose the type of cataract you have as well as determine the severity.
The most common types of cataracts include:
Nuclear Sclerotic cataracts, which affect the center of the lens and turn the lens a yellow-brown color, causing blurry vision and difficulty seeing colors.
Anterior Cortical cataracts, which affect the edges of the lens and cause light to scatter as it enters the eye.
Posterior subcapsular cataracts, which affect the back of the lens and impact reading vision and cause halos around lights while driving.
Congenital cataracts, which people are born with or develop at a young age.
The team at Clarkson Eyecare specialize in eye diseases and ocular conditions. Routine eye exams allow our doctors to provide you with your best vision possible. If you are diagnosed with a cataract, we will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your eyes.
During cataract surgery, a small incision is made on the eye and the cataractous lens is removed. It is replaced with a clear, artificial lens called an intraocular lens through the same incision. The actual surgical procedure generally takes about 10 minutes.
Cataract-related vision problems can sometimes be treated with new glasses or contact lenses. If your condition is more advanced, your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.
Cataracts should be removed when they interfere with your normal activities such as driving, reading, or watching TV. Discuss your cataract symptoms with your eye doctor and decide together whether cataract surgery is right for you.