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Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness worldwide -- but even though they're not reversible, they are in fact highly treatable in this modern age of eye care techniques and technologies. Here at Eyes on Henry, any Spartanburg optometrist on our three-member team can look for signs of a cataract in the making, prescribe coping measures to help you maintain optimal eyesight, and co-manage any cataract removal surgery you might need.
A cataract is a disorder of the intraocular lens. Normally this part of your eye is transparent to allow for the unimpeded passage of light into the eye. This transparency is possible because the lens' proteins are carefully arranged and spaced apart. But if something causes the proteins to start gathering together in solid clumps, a milky or cloudy-looking opacity develops where a crystal-clear lens used to be. Some cataracts occur alongside illnesses or lifestyle factors; for example, subcapsular cataracts that develop at the back of the lens are associated with diabetes or steroid medication. But the most common kind of cataracts, nuclear cataracts, afflict the majority of people eventually as a consequence of the aging process. Once cataracts reach a sufficiently advanced stage, they cause symptoms such as:
The good news for most cataract sufferers is that the symptoms mentioned above may take many years to become a significant issue. Even so, it's important to know that they are there so you can make the necessary adjustments to keep your vision in the best possible working order. Our optometry team can detect cataracts during routine eye exams by examining the front of your eye under a brightly-illuminated instrument called a slit lamp. Changes in your visual acuity may also signal cataract progression.
Watching and waiting is the first response to a cataract's development. By examining your eyes regularly, we can monitor any changes in your vision and prescribe corrective lens updates to compensate for them. If your vision is affected to the point that even corrective lenses cannot help, we can co-manage the process of cataract surgery. This includes pre-operative evaluations and orientation (including discussions of what kind of replacement lens is best), referral to the appropriate surgeon, and postoperative evaluations to monitor your recuperation. Cataract surgery itself is remarkably fast, completely painless, and usually highly effective at restoring your vision to its former clarity -- or better!
Whether you're experiencing some of the telltale signs of cataracts or you just want to keep on top of your ocular well-being, there's no better way to keep on top of the situation than by arranging a comprehensive eye exam at Eyes On Henry. Call 864-585-0208 today!