Patients who visit our Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy practice and receive a diagnosis of cataracts are sometimes surprised. Although 24 million U.S. residents older than 40 suffer from this disorder, symptoms are often absent until a cataract is large enough to affect vision. Because this disorder is the top cause of global blindness, regular eye exams are essential. Our optometrists in Osprey offer a number of treatment options.
A cataract is a buildup that forms on the lens of the eye. It causes light to scatter so that the lens cannot focus images correctly. Our doctor of optometry notes that most cataracts form very slowly. Common symptoms include:
- Hazy or blurred vision
- Growing difficulty seeing after dark
- A change in the refractive error of an eye
- Lowered color intensity
- Greater sensitivity to glare, especially during night driving
While a cataract can develop in just one eye, formation in both is more common. The buildup might accumulate in any of several layers of a lens.
Causes of Cataracts
The culprit most often associated with the formation of a cataract is advancing age. However, other factors that might contribute to development include:
- Specific medications
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain nutritional deficiencies
- Exposure to ultraviolet radiation
Treatment Options for Cataracts
No proven method exists to prevent cataracts related to age. Our optometrists make a diagnosis after a comprehensive vision exam that includes discussing the patient’s medication, health, and vision history.
Common tools include visual acuity and visual field testing. A special lamp allows examination of the lens of an eye to look for signs of a cataract. Use of dilating drops allows an optometrist to examine internal portions of an eye. Most exams also include measuring fluid pressure within the patient’s eyes.
Our practice provides treatment until a patient is ready for surgery to remove a cataract. Outpatient surgery to replace an affected lens with an artificial one carries a 95-percent success rate.
Until a cataract reaches a certain size, very little loss of vision might occur. At a certain point of loss, however, our optometrist typically recommends medicated eye drops. Many patients benefit from corrective lenses or prescription changes as their vision changes. Our practice can also recommend visual aids that make daily routines easier to perform.
Schedule an Exam at Our Osprey, FL Optometry Practice
The optometry professionals at our full-service Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy practice remain committed to furnishing top-quality care for families in Osprey, Sarasota, Venice, and the surrounding areas. Be sure to call us today at 941-966-6700 to schedule an exam with one of our two board-certified optometrists, Dr. Michael Orwasky and Dr. Carol Mendez-Orwasky.