Do you find yourself waking up in the morning and not seeing as clearly as you used to? Maybe you go about your day and wonder if that person’s face was always a little hazy. Chances are, you could be developing cataracts in your eyes. Cataracts are a common condition, especially if you’re over the age of 60. We can help diagnose cataracts and also correct them with surgery. Keep reading to learn more about cataracts and what we can do to help.
What gives people cataracts?
A cataract is defined by the lens of the eye becomes clouded. You may notice when you look in a loved one’s face, that their eyes look a little more clouded or dull than they used to. Or, you may notice it when looking in the mirror. The development of cataracts can be influenced by many things. Advancing age, eye trauma, excessive sun exposure, disease in the eye, family history of cataracts, smoking, diabetes, and poor nutrition can all be related to cataracts.
No matter the underlying cause of your cataracts, it is important to have the clouded natural lenses removed and replaced so you can see better. Because cataracts can creep up slowly, you may have had them for a while, but only realize it when your vision is severely impacted.
Several tests may be performed by your physician in order to diagnose your cloudy vision as a cataract. These tests include:
- Retinal examination under pupil dilation
- Visual acuity test
- Slit-lamp examination
- Tonometry to test intraocular pressure (IOP)
In combination, these tests help your eye doctor determine whether you have cataracts or if the visual problems have their root in some other disorder. They also assist the doctor in evaluating the degree of visual impairment and whether surgery is a good option.
Early cataracts can sometimes be treated with nonsurgical methods such as, new corrective lens prescriptions, anti-glare sunglasses, the use of magnifying lenses, and incorporating brighter lighting in your home.
Is your vision starting to become cloudy? Call Dr. Thom at (701) 235-5200 to schedule a consultation today.