Cataracts are an age-related vision condition that eventually will impact most people. In fact, the National Eye Institute estimates that more than half of Americans over the age of 80 either suffer from cataracts or have undergone cataract surgery to treat the condition.
Unfortunately, you may not notice any cataract symptoms until the condition has progressed into more advanced stages. This is because early cataracts are extremely small and rarely block enough light to cause noticeable impairment in your vision.
Because symptoms take so long to develop, it is important to visit Dr. Walton for regular checkups. This way, he can recommend the appropriate treatments as they are needed. Please call 251-581-7484 today to schedule an eye exam at our office in Mobile, Alabama.
Gradual Onset of Cataract Symptoms
A cataract is a clouding of your eye's lens. As more and more cataracts form, they will cause light to scatter instead of focusing properly on the retina. As this clouded area of your lens becomes larger, your vision will progressively become blurry and dim.
Other symptoms that may develop over time include:
- Fading colors
- Increased light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Problems with night vision, such as glare or halos
- More frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
Many of these symptoms are also associated with other vision conditions. In order to determine whether your symptoms are caused by cataracts, Dr. Walton will perform a comprehensive cataract diagnostic exam.
Treatment of Cataract Symptoms
When cataracts are in their early stages, you can treat your symptoms by:
- Adjusting your eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Using anti-glare lenses
- Using brighter light for tasks requiring near vision
As your cataracts progress and start having a more significant impact on your daily life, Dr. Walton may recommend cataract surgery to replace your eye's clouded lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Dr. Walton uses the LenSx laser for cataract surgery procedures, an advanced laser technology that improves precision, reduces recovery, and results in a better outcome.
To find out if you need cataract surgery, please contact Dr. Chris Walton today to schedule a comprehensive eye examination. We serve patients in Mobile, Alabama, and the nearby Gulf Coast area.