Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness?Those afflicted number in the tens of millions. More than one-half of Americans ages 80 or older report experiencing vision problems due to cataracts or needing cataract surgery to restore clear vision.
Cataracts are formed when the crystalline proteins in the lens of your eye deteriorates. This deterioration causes the proteins to clump together, forming a brown or milky blue colored layer and leaves you with a variety of symptoms. No direct cause has been linked to the development of cataracts, but scientists believe it is age related.
Typical cataract symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Fading colors
- Increased light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Problems with night vision including halos or glares
- More frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
Lanosterol, a naturally occurring steroid in the body is the basis for the eye drop that can help dissolve cataracts. The new drug was found when scientists in China discovered that 2 children, both born with cataracts, did not naturally produce lanosterol due to a genetic mutation. Neither of their parents had cataracts and did produce lanosterol, which led scientists to believe that the steroid plays a part in cataract prevention.
Dr. Christopher J. Walton has made the care of cataracts a primary focus in his ophthalmology practice since 2007 and takes pride in providing his patients the finest level of care to help you achieve crisp, clear vision.
If you think you have cataracts, or would like to learn more about your options if you are currently suffering from cataracts, please contact Dr. Walton using the form at the right side of the page or call 251-341-3385 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve patients in Mobile, Alabama, Pensacola, Florida, and throughout the Gulf Coast Region.