As you age, your eyes undergo a natural process called cataract formation. Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop in the lens of the eye, which can cause blurry vision and other symptoms. Although cataracts are common in older adults, they can also affect younger people. Our eye doctors at Meridian Eye Care in Yankton provide quality eye care for a variety of eye health conditions, including cataracts.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts typically develop slowly and painlessly. Symptoms may include:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Glare and halos around lights
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Frequent prescription changes for your eyeglasses or contact lenses
Causes of Cataracts
Cataracts are caused by a buildup of proteins in the eye's lens. This can happen due to aging, exposure to UV light, smoking, certain medical conditions, and other factors.
How Does an Optometrist Diagnose Cataracts?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of cataracts, it is essential to see an optometrist or other eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, the eye doctor will likely conduct the following tests:
1. Visual Acuity Test
This test measures how well you can see at different distances.
2. Dilated Eye Exam
In this exam, the doctor will dilate your pupils with eye drops and then look at your eyes with a unique magnifying lens. This allows us to get a better view of the inside of your eyes and look for signs of cataracts.
3. Slit-lamp Exam
In this exam, the doctor will use a unique lamp to examine your eyes for signs of cataracts.
Treatments for Cataracts
If you have cataracts, there are several treatment options available. The best treatment for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms and how much they are affecting your quality of life.
1. Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
If you have mild cataracts, eyeglasses or contact lenses may be all that you need to improve your vision.
If your cataracts are more advanced, you may need surgery to remove them. The cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens during surgery. The surgery is safe and effective, and it is the only way to get rid of cataracts. At Meridian Eye Care, we provide pre and post-op care.
Contact Meridian Eye Care for an Eye Exam in Yankton, SD
If you are experiencing symptoms of cataracts, you should see an eye doctor. At Meridian Eye Care in Yankton, we offer comprehensive eye exams and a variety of treatment options for cataracts. Call our team today at (605) 665-8688 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.