What El Paso Residents Need to Know About Cataracts
Imagine getting through the day wearing a pair of foggy glasses. For many, any slight scratch or blemish on their glasses is extremely bothersome. But for those living with the chronic condition known as cataracts, this type of vision is experienced daily.
The cause of cataracts is mostly age related as the tissue of the eyes thins out over time, becoming less thick and flexible. The National Eye Institute estimates that by the age of 80, approximately half of Americans will develop cataracts, many of which will need prescribed medication or surgery.
Common Symptoms Include:
Cloudy vision: images no longer appear clear or sharp.
Needing stronger light. Routine activities such as reading a newspaper or performing tasks at work may be disrupted when you find you need a desk lamp or stronger light to see.
Increased difficulty seeing. If your prescribed glasses or contact lenses are no longer helping you see clearly, this may be a sign you are developing an eye related deficiency.
An appearance of ‘halos’ around light. This tends to be the most common symptom patients experience.
Sensitivity to light. On the contrary to needing a brighter light, you may develop an over sensitivity to the once ordinary brightness of the lights in your surroundings. Driving at night can mean headlights of vehicles will hinder your or hurt your vision.
Double vision. If you begin seeing double images for a prolonged period of time, this is an indicator that your eyes are not functioning normally.
Types of Cataracts
Nuclear. Your vision will begin to slowly deteriorate and images may appear cloudy with a yellow hue.
Cortical. The symptoms will begin with a white, wedge-like shape on the edges of the lens cortex. If it worsens, light will not be visible in the center of the lens.
Posterior subcapsular. This type will form in the back of the eyes, giving you an image with a halo of lights in the center of the lens. Progression is quicker with posterior subcapsular.
Congenital. If you were born with cataracts or developed it as a child, you have congenital cataracts which can be related to genetics or associated with an intrauterine infection.
Preventing Cataracts Begins with You.
Get routine eye exams. Seeing an eye doctor at least once a year will provide you with an accurate diagnosis of how healthy your eyes are. Most importantly, eye doctors can detect early signs of disease.
Consume a healthy diet. Food plays a key role in the health of our eyes. Foods rich in vitamin A, C, and E such as carrots, berries, and almonds, respectively, are healthy sources of nutrients for our eyes.
Wear sunglasses. Blocking ultraviolet rays from the sun helps prevent trouble with eyesight. Too much direct light from the sun can result in blurry vision and the development of cataracts.
Reduce alcohol consumption. Consuming too much alcohol can weaken your brain’s communication with the eyes and causes sensitivity to light which leads to headaches.
Get checked for other health related conditions. If you have a history of other medical conditions like hypoglycemia or diabetes, controlling these and other diseases, will also lower your risk of cataracts. An excessive amount of sugar is not good for the health of your eyes.
Get Treatment Today
Hayder Eye Care in El Paso is prepared to test your eyes for cataracts. If you are over the age of 40, it is advised that you see an eye doctor at least once a year to test for this and other eye diseases. As with any unusual activity in the eyes, you should receive the professional advice of an eye doctor before taking any action.
Call us today at 915-592-4600.