Are you searching for a cataract surgeon in the greater Sacramento area? Cataracts are a very common, yet very treatable, affliction. Affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60, the most common cause of cataract is aging. Other potential causes include trauma, medications such as steroids, systemic diseases like diabetes, and prolonged exposure of the eye to UV rays. Occasionally, babies are born with a cataract.
A cataract is a loss of transparency, or clouding, of the generally clear lens of the eye caused by a buildup of proteins. This typically occurs gradually over the course of several years. Vision through eyes with cataracts is often described as similar to looking through a foggy window or piece of wax paper.
Many people are unaware that they have cataracts because the changes in their vision are so gradual, and the severity of cataracts vary from person to person. The loss of transparency may be mild, hardly impacting vision, or in some cases so severe that no shapes or movements are seen, only light and dark.
Common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Painless blurring vision
- Light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Needing brighter light to read
- Fading or yellowing of colors.
How quickly a cataract develops varies among individuals, and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually; and the average age people come to have surgery is 74 years old. Other cataracts, especially in younger people and individuals with diabetes, may progress rapidly. It is not possible to predict exactly how fast they will develop in any given person. Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of are not bothering you, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful. Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities, such as driving at night or in bright sunlight. There are no medications, dietary supplements or exercises that have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts.
At Center for Sight’s Sacramento cataract center, we offer several surgery treatment options to restore your vision. Backed by years of experience, expert care, and thousands of successful cataract surgeries, you can trust that your eyesight is in expert hands.