A cataract is an optical condition which causes the natural lens of the eye to become cloudy. This happens when protein builds up on the eye lens, creating clumps. When the lens is clear, light passes through to the retina which enables clear vision. Since Columbus cataracts block light going to the retina, they decrease vision.
A person with Columbus cataracts cannot see images clearly, especially at night. As the condition worsens, this can make normal everyday activities such as reading and driving difficult to do. Signs and symptoms include: blurry, cloudy vision, double vision, difficulty identifying colors, increased nearsightedness, and sudden changes in prescriptions and seeing halos around lights when in the dark. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment for an eye exam with our expert optometrist at Berk Eye Care Center as soon as possible. Cataracts can form for many reasons. The most common reason is due to the aging process. Other common causes of cataracts include: Diabetes (diabetics are 60 percent more likely to get cataracts), Traumatic Cataract-cataracts caused by trauma (ocular trauma, chemical burns, electric shock, or ionizing radiation), metabolic problems, infections, genetics (inherited), and inflammation and drug reactions. No matter what the cause, they are treatable and need to be treated. The treatment for cataracts depends of the extent of vision loss and interference with daily life activities. Surgery is a very common treatment since it’s the only way to remove the cataracts. However, it is not performed until it is necessary. Until then, cataracts can be managed in other ways. Some possible ways to manage cataracts include: stronger eyeglass or contact lenses, strong lighting, magnifying glasses while reading, and medication that dilates the pupil. When you come to our practice to be evaluated for cataracts the optometrist will evaluate you, discuss your treatment options and will take the time to answer any question or concerns you have.
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