Are You In the Know About Cataracts?

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2020
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Cataracts represent one of the most commonly treated eye conditions of our time. However, many people are unaware of the various important aspects of recognizing and treating cataracts. Here, explore what you might know about this eye disease so you can be better protected.

You may know that cataracts cause vision to become cloudy. This clouding begins with tiny clumps of protein sticking to the lens at the front of the eye. Once even one particle of protein sticks, others gradually join. Over time, more of the lens is overtaken by protein clumps until, eventually, vision is so poor that is becomes very difficult to engage in normal activities.

Do You Know?

  • More people lose their eyesight due to cataracts than any other eye condition.
  • What the risk factors are for developing cataracts? Do you know what your risk factors are? They may include alcohol or tobacco use, high blood pressure, exposure to UV light, eye injury, and diabetes.
  • How to spot cataracts? The early signs of cataract development are very subtle. They include colors becoming muted, poor night vision, seeing halos around light sources, and double vision. Don’t wait to notice symptoms of cataracts; see your eye doctor regularly for a thorough examination.
  • How to correct vision affected by cataracts? Cataract removal is one of the most common procedures performed by ophthalmologists. The surgery can take as little as a few minutes. Only one eye is treated at a time. After cataract removal, patients begin to notice improved vision right away. Side effects from surgery include mild discomfort and a scratchy sensation. It can also take several days for the brain to get accustomed to the new lens.

In our Chester, NJ office, we find ourselves talking to patients about cataracts quite often. This is because the condition is so common and also because, common or not, cataracts are relatively unknown to most people. We are here to help you understand your eye health and how you can protect it. To schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Silverstein, call 908.879.7297.

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