At first, symptoms may be undetectable or very slight. However, any noticeable change in vision may be a cause for concern and should be brought to the attention of an eye care professional. Common symptoms of cataracts include:
While there is no way to prevent cataracts, there are things you can do to slow their formation. Modifiable factors that increase the risk of cataract include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and excessive alcohol intake. You may also slow the formation of cataracts by protecting your eyes from direct sunlight.
In the beginning stages of cataracts, vision may be slightly improved using forms of visual correction. However, in the later stages, surgery may be required. Fortunately, surgery has proven to be extremely successful in the removal of cataracts. During cataract surgery, your physician will replace your natural lens with an intraocular lens implant.
There is no proven way to prevent cataracts. But certain lifestyle habits may help slow cataract development. These include:
If left untreated, cataracts cause continual loss of vision, eventually leading to legal blindness or even total blindness. In the case of blindness caused by cataracts, vision usually can be successfully restored with cataract surgery and implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL).
At Island Hospital, our eye specialists are dedicated to to providing friendly, professional care for your eyes, from comprehensive eye exams to delicate surgery in a friendly, empathic, and professional atmosphere. We use exceptionally modern equipment and techniques to give you the better option results. In addition to routine eye examinations, we provide top-quality service to treat a range of eye problems including cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease and crossed eyes. We also offer LASIK eye surgery. We take pride in helping our patients to restore their sight, guard their vision, and minimize any loss of vision.
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