As we age, it is not abnormal for cataracts to form. When this happens, the lenses in our eyes become cloudy, which can affect the clarity of our vision. Sometimes small cataracts do not affect your eye sight, but as they grow, it can become harder to see.
Depending on when your cataracts are diagnosed, your treatment options will vary. If you are able to diagnose cataracts early on, your vision may be effectively improved with treatment options including:
- New eyeglasses
- Sunglasses with anti-glare properties
- Magnifying lenses
- The use of better or brighter lighting
If these options don't improve your sight, cataract surgery may be necessary. In a cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. A cataract has to be replaced when it affects your vision during everyday activities. Sometimes your ophthalmologist will recommend replacing a cataract even if it doesn't affect your vision because it might be interfering with the ability to diagnose other eye problems.
It is important to get a professional diagnosis for any visual issues you might be having in order to seek appropriate and effective treatment. There are a variety of cataracts than can form, including:
- Secondary cataracts, sometimes appearing after surgery on the eye for another problem, such as glaucoma
- Traumatic cataracts, sometimes appearing after an injury to the eye
- Congenital cataracts are present either when a baby is born or are developed in early childhood.
- Radiation cataracts appear after exposure to certain types of radiation
If you think you may have a cataract and you need an eye doctor in Scranton, please contact Northeastern Eye Institute today at 800-334-2233 to schedule an appointment.