The cases of cataracts continue to increase now that baby boomers are seniors. Patients who visit one of our three locations express surprise when the optometrist informs them of their development of cataracts. This is because a cataract’s growth is often so slow that the individual notices no symptoms for a long time. Patients who visit our Advanced Eyecare office in Raytown, South practice in Raymore, or our Blue Springs Optical office in Blue Springs can look forward to a comprehensive exam that reveals this and any other eye health disorders.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are deposits that grow on an eye’s lens. They affect your vision by interfering with the ability of light to pass through the lens. Although it is possible to have a cataract in only one eye, experiencing them in both eyes is more common. Their growth rates might differ. While cataracts are typically associated with aging, they are sometimes present at birth.
Causes & Symptoms
Alcohol use, diabetes, certain medications, and smoking can contribute to the development of cataracts. A cataract sometimes appears following eye surgery or an injury. Additional risk factors include exposure to ultraviolet radiation and certain nutritional deficiencies.
The most common symptoms include:
- Blurred, dim, or cloudy vision
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to glare and light
- Yellow or faded-looking colors
- Frequent eyewear prescription changes
- Seeing halos around lights
- Growing problems with vision at night
- Needing increasingly bright light for close work
The only cure for a cataract is the removal of the lens on which it grows. An artificial lens would then be needed to replace the one that was removed.
At your first appointment, our eye doctor performs a comprehensive vision exam that includes reviewing the individual’s health history and performing a variety of tests. Our practice’s eye care for cataracts includes diagnosis plus management and treatment. The degree to which a cataract affects your vision determines the appropriate therapy.
Early growth usually requires close monitoring. As a cataract advances, altering the corrective eyewear and adding anti-glare lens coatings are often helpful options. When a patient needs cataract removal, we are happy to provide a referral to a surgeon who will replace the affected lens with an artificial one.
Schedule an Exam with Our Optometrists in Raytown, Raymore, or Blue Springs, MO
Our full-service optometry offices offer both scheduled appointments and emergency eye care using a one-on-one approach for each patient. Whether you need prescription eyewear, testing for cataracts or glaucoma, or pre- or post-operative services, we offer the top standard of professional care. Call our office to schedule your next eye exam with an optometrist at a location that is most convenient for you.
• Advanced Eyecare in Raytown (816-353-1872)
• Advanced Eyecare South in Raymore (816-322-1872)
• Blue Springs Optical in Blue Springs, MO (816-229-2020)