At Chapel Hill Ophthalmology in Chapel Hill, NC, we provide treatment for many cases of cataracts. Our clinic uses advanced technology to provide medical eye care and determine a diagnosis. If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts, our ophthalmologists can do a comprehensive evaluation and create a treatment plan for your condition. We invite you to keep reading to learn more about cataracts!
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common and occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. This clouding blocks light from passing through, resulting in vision problems such as blurred vision and glare sensitivity. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes and can develop slowly over time. While they are most common at age 65 or older, they can occur at any age. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, but they can be hereditary or happen due to normal eye changes.
The Risk Factors for Developing Cataracts
Certain risk factors could indicate that cataracts are more likely to happen. You might be at higher risk if you have high blood sugar, have had eye surgery in the past, smoke cigarettes, or are exposed to excessive UV radiation from sunlight.
While some people notice the symptoms of cataracts immediately, it's possible not to notice any first, but rather over time. Even if you experience slightly impaired vision, you might simply think that you need a new prescription for glasses. Additional symptoms that accompany cataracts include hazy vision, light sensitivity, eye pain, inaccurate color detection, double vision, and difficulty seeing at night.
If you have cataract symptoms, you'll need to speak with our ophthalmologists to ensure that you are experiencing cataracts and not a serious condition or disease. If cataracts are the cause of your symptoms, you may benefit from surgery. The procedure involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial one. Cataract surgery is generally safe, but you can speak with our team to make sure that it is suitable for you. In some cases, surgery is not the best option. If you have very mild cataracts, our ophthalmologists may choose to monitor your condition over time and provide alternate treatment.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you want to learn more about cataracts, call Chapel Hill Ophthalmology in Chapel Hill, NC, today at (919) 942-8701. We would be delighted to provide you with more information and set you up with an appointment!