Cataracts are a common eye conditions, usually associated with aging and exposure to UV light. By age 50, over half of all Australians have developed cataracts to some degree. By age 80, almost all Australian have.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens structure of the eye caused by damage to proteins in the lens. This reduces the amount of light that can pass through to the retina. This results is a loss of vision including blurred vision, light sensitivity, double-vision, or seeing haloes amongst other effect. Cataracts may also affect the ability of your eyes to focus and require more frequents changes to your glasses prescription.

Whilst not typically painful, cataracts can cause discomfort due to increased light sensitivity. Additionally, you may experience difficulty driving at night, reading, or seeing details clearly, including faces. Driving into a setting or rising sun can be increasingly difficult.

Cataract Treatment

Once you develop cataracts, they are permanent, at least without surgery. In many cases, however, surgery will not be necessary.  Cataracts can be managed through the use of glasses to improve your eyesight. Improving lighting conditions can also help.

There are actions you can take to help prevent or slow the development of cataracts, including:

Wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes against UV light.

Maintain a healthy diet high in Vitamin C.

Reduce or quit smoking.

Maintain good blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.

Of course, it is also important to have regular eye exams. We can detect the early presence of cataracts, or help you manage their progression.

Cataract Surgery

In severe cases, cataract surgery may be required to improve your vision. A very common form of cataract surgery involves the removal of the old lens and insertion of a new artificial lens. The capsule (space) which held your original lens in place is usually still sufficient for holding the new lens. The clear bag of eye tissue that holds your lens is usually left in place. This particular procedure is called an “IOL implant” and is typically the most common one used currently.

Optometrists are primary health care providers and can refer you to any necessary specialist. If we have concerns about your cataracts, Maximeyes Optometrists will refer you to a suitable ophthalmologist for further investigation. We can also take care of any of your post-surgery maintenance and checkups.

To discuss any concerns about cataracts or any loss of vision, book in for an eye examination today.

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