As we age, our body naturally breaks down protein, including proteins within the eye. Over time, this leads to cataracts, but Optic Gallery Seven Hills in Henderson, Nevada, helps preserve your vision with exceptional optometry care. Call our office to schedule an appointment today. Alternatively, you can book through the reservation system found on the website!
What are cataracts?
Just behind the eye rests a structure known as the lens. The lens bends light rays into the eyes and allows for clear vision. Over time, the lens degrades, which creates a cloudy appearance and obscures your vision. This makes it more difficult to perform essential daily tasks such as driving and cooking.
What causes cataracts?
Cataracts develop gradually throughout your life. It's unlikely that you’ll experience a sudden onset of cataracts, though an injury to the eye can result in faster development. Aging is the largest contributing factor to cataracts.
The aging process results in a greater breakdown of bodily proteins. This includes proteins within the eyes and results in the progression of cataracts.
Genetics and disease also contribute to cataracts. Parents and family members diagnosed with the condition indicate a greater risk that you may also develop them. Certain diseases like diabetes strain the tiny blood vessels within the eye and can result in damage.
Other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity.
What are the common symptoms of cataracts?
Common symptoms of cataracts include:
Difficulty seeing at night
Seeing “halos” around objects
Colors appear dull or have a yellow tone
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to call the expert staff at Optic Gallery Seven Hills to schedule an appointment. They’ll be able to monitor your symptoms and provide relevant, customized treatments.
How does a doctor treat cataracts?
Surgery is the only viable way to actively treat cataracts. If your cataract symptoms are minor, it’s possible to adjust your prescription eyewear instead. However, for clearer sight and better visual acuity, cataract surgery helps restore your vision.
During surgery, our team removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with a clearer, artificial one. To protect your new eyes, it’s best to avoid a lot of direct sunlight, limit smoking, and wear proper protective eyewear. Specialty contact lenses and prescription eyewear reduce strain on the eyes and slow the development of cataracts.
Call the Henderson, Nevada, office today to schedule an appointment or book online through the reservation system.