Cataracts are one of the most common forms of eye disease. Over time, cataracts can cause blurred vision and even result in complete vision loss. If you've been diagnosed with cataracts or have cataract symptoms, you should see an optometry specialist. Peninsula Ophthalmology Group serves patients throughout the Bay Area, with locations in San Francisco, Daly City, and Burlingame, CA.
Signs of Cataracts
Cataracts are caused by the clouding of the lens inside the eye. The lens is responsible for focusing light onto the retina, which sends visual signals to the brain. When the lens becomes cloudy, light cannot pass through it properly, causing vision loss.
One of the main causes of cataracts is aging. People over the age of 60 are significantly more likely to develop cataracts. However, other factors can also increase the risk of cataracts, such as eye injuries, diabetes, and exposure to UV light. You should make an appointment with an optometry specialist if you notice any signs of cataracts, including:
- Cloudy or foggy vision
- Glare sensitivity
- Double vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Reduced color perception
It is important to remember that cataracts develop gradually, and symptoms can become more intense with time. In the early stages, you may not have any noticeable symptoms. Regular vision screenings from an eye doctor are the most effective way to monitor for cataracts and keep your eyes healthy as you age.
Cataract Treatment Options
If cataracts are diagnosed in the early stages, your eye doctor may choose to monitor your condition rather than remove the cataracts right away. Prescription eye drops can slow the progression of cataracts. Since symptoms typically worsen with time, you'll likely need other interventions in the future.
Cataract surgery is the most common treatment for cataracts. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). It's considered a safe and effective procedure. Not only can it restore your vision, but it can improve your quality of life.
In most cases, your vision will improve within a few days of surgery. Your eye doctor will monitor your progress as you recover. While you may experience some discomfort during the healing process, it's usually minor. Most people fully recover from cataract surgery within eight weeks.
Make an Appointment with Our Eye Doctors in The Bay Area
Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent vision loss caused by cataracts. Don't wait to make an appointment at Peninsula Ophthalmology Group if you've shown symptoms of cataracts. Call our Burlingame office today at (650) 697-3200, our Daly City office at (650) 756-2020, or our San Francisco office at (415) 362-3364.