Did you know
By the age of 70 years most people will have some degree of cataract formation. Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is clouding of the optical lens which sits behind the iris in the eye and is involved in focusing vision. Cataracts usually develop after the age of 40 and are considered part of the aging process. Cataracts progressively impair vision over many years.
What causes a cataract?
Although cataracts are associated with aging there are other factors which may increase your likelihood of developing cataracts including sun damage, eye injury for example a foreign body in the eye, smoking, excess alcohol use, diabetes and some medications including steroid medication.
Why is it important to diagnose cataracts?
Cataracts can be dangerous for driving and make conducting everyday activities like reading, cooking, walking, playing sport difficult and can increase the risk of slips, trips and falls. In the workplace this may increase the likelihood of an accident occurring. If untreated can lead to blindness.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
In the early stages of cataract development most people will be unaware of impaired vision. As cataracts progress vision may become blurred, cloudy or spotty and colours less vibrant. Vision in dim lighting may also become difficult. Routine checkups with an optometrist who co-locate in The Optical Superstore location are able to monitor your eye health and refer to an ophthalmologist when necessary.
How is a cataract diagnosed?
Optometrist located at The Optical Superstore are able to view the health of your eye and diagnose cataracts by looking into the eye through a slit lamp microscope.
What is the treatment for cataracts?
There are no known medications or nutritional supplements to treat cataracts. The only treatment for cataracts is the surgical removal of the effected lens with replacement by an artificial lens. This is performed by an Ophthalmologist (eye doctor) usually in day surgery.
Are cataracts hereditary?
Cataracts are more likely to occur when there is a. family history of cataracts, however, cataracts are also associated with aging.
Optometrists consulting within The Optical Superstore premises can diagnose cataracts and refer patients to ophthalmologists for treatment.