Cataract Services from Your Optometrist at Spex Eye Care in Seattle, WA
Cataracts are so prevalent that almost everyone knows someone who has developed them. Around 24 million Americans past the age of 40 suffer from this disorder. Dr. Scott Campbell and our Optometry team at Spex Eye Care recommends scheduling an annual exam at our Seattle office to note any related vision changes.
Overview of Cataracts
Cataracts are deposits of protein that accumulate on an eye’s lens. The buildup eventually prevents the lens from correctly focusing light on the retina at the rear of the eye, and a loss of vision could follow.
Often both eyes develop a cataract problem. However, for some patients, a cataract forms in only one eye. Even when both eyes have them, the growth rate of each cataract might differ.
A number of factors predispose an individual to cataract development. The most important is increasing age. Others include:
- Certain medications
- Exposure to UV radiation
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Consuming alcohol
Unfortunately, many patients do not recognize symptoms until a cataract has reached an advanced stage. The most common signs include:
- Vision that is blurry or hazy
- Lowered color intensity
- More trouble seeing in the dark
- Heightened sensitivity to glare, especially at night
- Changes in refraction
How Our Optometry Practice Can Help
Our practice provides cataract patients with advice on ways to improve their vision. The emphasis is on remaining under ongoing management. Since it is impossible to prevent cataracts, it is important for patients to practice self-help by making lifestyle changes such as following a healthier diet, quitting smoking, wear the right eye protection, and limiting any UV exposure.
Regular vision exams include cataract screenings. Reaching a diagnosis might be the result of:
- An eye refraction
- Tests for color vision and sensitivity to glare
- Eye pressure measurement
- Assessment of each lens
- Visual acuity measurements
- Retinal evaluation
The only way to cure a cataract problem is to surgically remove the affected lens. Once a cataract has matured to the point where it significantly affects a patient’s vision, our eye doctor will recommend a surgical referral. The surgeon replaces the lens containing the cataract with an artificial lens.
Medicated drops sometimes slow cataract progression prior to surgery. Our practice prescribes corrective lenses and special coatings to accommodate changes in vision. We will also recommend the most useful visual aids for each patient.
Schedule an Exam with Our Seattle Optometrist
To make sure you maintain the best vision possible, schedule regular eye exams with our optometrist, Dr. Scott Campbell. Spex Eye Care practice provides a full range of optometric services to patients at two convenient locations. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Seattle office (206-682-9515).