Cataracts are a condition that affects the lens in the eye. The lens becomes cloudy, which can lead to vision problems. Cataracts are a common condition and they can develop in both young and old people. In most cases, cataracts can be treated with surgery. Treatment is available, and it's important to get started early to preserve your vision. If you have concerns about cataracts and live in the Northern Washington or Bellingham areas, contact ClearView Eyecare to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.
The symptoms of cataracts include cloudy or blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, and sometimes even seeing "halos" around lights. If you think you may be developing cataracts, don't wait to get checked out. Cataracts progress slowly, so many people are unaware they have it, especially in the early stages.
Our eye care professionals can detect cataracts during a routine eye exam. During the exam, the eye doctor will ask about any vision problems you may be experiencing. We will then check your eyes for signs of cataracts. This can be done by completing several tests, including:
- Visual acuity - This is the standard test to determine how sharp your vision is when you read letters on a chart.
- Slit-lamp - A slit-lamp exam is a type of eye examination that uses a special microscope called a slit lamp to examine the front of the eye. This exam can help the eye doctor detect and diagnose various eye conditions.
- Examination of the retina with dilation - We can get a better look at the back of the eye to examine your retina and cataract.
Treatment and Managing Cataracts
Eventually, as it progresses, surgery is needed for most individuals who have cataracts. However, it is usually not needed right away. In the early stages, you might just need a stronger prescription or you may need specialty lenses to help you see better. Some examples include anti-glare lenses and low vision aids.
Most importantly, attending routine visits with an optometrist is needed, especially for older adults. We will determine which treatment plan works best for your condition and recommend cataract surgery when and if it is needed.
Contact Our Optometrists in Northern Washington
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that we have mentioned, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team is experienced in identifying and treating a variety of eye conditions, including cataracts. We are here to help you maintain your vision for years to come. Call our team at ClearView Eyecare today at (360) 392-8306 for quality eye care in Bellingham, WA.