All About Eyes Of Sayville
Optometrists located in Sayville, NY
While they might come on slowly, cataracts can grow into a real problem for your vision. However, the cloudy or dim coloration to the eyes that comes with cataracts can be repaired by a doctor, especially if caught early. For anyone in the area of Sayville, New York, All About Eyes of Sayville is the best place to get checked and treated for cataracts. If you’re worried that you might have cataracts, or just have questions about cataracts, call the office or set up an appointment online today.
Cataracts Q & A
What is a cataract?
Eyes have lenses that need to be clear to see well. When one of these lenses becomes cloudy, it is known as a cataract, and looking through that eye can be like looking through a pane of frosty or cloudy glass.
Cataracts often come on slowly, so most people don’t notice them at first. However, cataracts can make it difficult to read, drive, and live your life normally.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
If you have cataracts, you will notice some of the following symptoms:
- Cloudy, blurry or dim vision
- Poor night vision
- High sensitivity to light
- The need for extremely bright light to read
- Seeing dim “halos” when you look at lights
- Frequent changes in vision that have led you to change your eyeglasses prescription
- Fading of colors
- Double vision in the affected eye
Loss of vision from cataracts usually starts by affecting a small part of your range of vision. Over time, this can grow to include more and more of your eye, making your vision worse.
When should I see a doctor about my cataracts?
Any time you notice a change in your vision, it’s a good idea to come into All About Eyes of Sayville for an eye exam right away. Any loss of vision, sudden flashes of light, or sudden eye or head pain make this even more urgent.
How will my doctor fix my cataract?
Usually, early cataracts can be combated with better lighting, a healthier diet, and quitting smoking, among other small lifestyle changes.
If your cataracts are advanced, your doctor could decide that cataract surgery is your best option. Cataract surgery involves removing the lens in your eye and replacing it with an artificial lens and is generally performed to your schedule since they are not medically urgent.
The surgery is quite common and usually done on an outpatient basis. If you have cataracts in both eyes, your doctor will usually perform the two surgeries separately. Patients usually recover within a matter of days, with drastic improvements in their vision.
If you’re interested in learning more about your options to treat cataracts, call the office or set up an appointment online today.