Cataracts are a common sign of aging that can cause a loss of vision. Cataracts appear when protein in the eye begins to clump together. It’s important to see your doctor regularly to monitor changes in your sight as you grow older.
Cataracts usually take a long time to form, so the changes they cause may not be obvious until the condition has worsened. Common cataract symptoms include:
- Blurry or foggy vision
- Nearsightedness in elderly people
- Changes in how the eye interprets color
- Problems with night driving
- Problems with glare during the day
- One eye experiencing double vision
- Contacts or eyeglasses no longer working effectively
If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should visit your ophthalmologist. They will review your medical history and perform tests to verify the diagnosis. These tests may include a visual acuity test with an eye chart, a slit-lamp exam that lets the doctor see structures in your eye, and a retinal exam which uses eye drops to dilate the pupils.
People with cataracts can restore their vision with the help of their doctor. Surgery is the only treatment option that works effectively. During the procedure, your ophthalmologist will remove the cloudy part of the lens and replace it with an artificial lens.
Cataract surgery is very successful. A few patients experience hazy vision after cataract removal. This can happen if the capsule clouds. An ophthalmologist can perform a capsulotomy, which uses a laser to clear the area. If you have cataracts or notice a change in your vision, make an appointment with an Eye Michigan board certified, experienced ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam to get answers and learn about treatment options.
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