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A Patient's Guide to Cataracts

Last updated 6 years ago

At least half of all Americans 80 or older have suffered from cataracts. Proper treatment can restore vision loss caused by cataracts as long as the problem is addressed early. Finding out if you have cataracts can be as simple as going for an eye exam at an eyeglass store. If you’re concerned about cataracts, here is what you need to know:

What Are Cataracts
Cataracts are clusters of protein on the lens of the eye. The build-up can be caused by age, injury, diabetes, smoking, and steroid use, or can be congenital and exist from birth. Doctors have not yet pinpointed all of the reasons for cataract growth.

What Are The Symptoms of Cataracts?
Protein on the surface of your lens makes the things you see look cloudy. This kind of blurry vision is the first symptom of cataracts most people notice. You may also notice glare from bright lights, reduced night vision, and double-vision. Many cataract patients will frequently feel as though they need new eyeglass or contact prescriptions. If you have these symptoms, your eye doctor will perform a dilated eye exam, visual acuity test, and a tonometry test to measure the pressure in your eye.

How Are Cataracts Treated?
In early stages, new eyeglasses or contacts or the addition of anti-glare lenses to your existing eyeglasses may correct for your cataracts. In later stages, surgery is done to remove the cataract.

At Wize Eyes, we can help you catch and treat your cataracts with our $18 eye exams. We can help you find the eyeglass and contact prescriptions to sharpen your vision and the best lenses for cataract sufferers. Call us today at (888) 695-1734 to find out how one of our trained professionals can help you find the perfect glasses and contacts.


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