Cataract surgery is a common procedure our optometry team provides for our San Antonio, TX, clients. The majority of Americans over the age of 65 develop cataracts. While cataracts are a common eye condition, lots of people still have questions about them. The following is a look at some expert answers from our eye doctor at Vision Source Castle Hills regarding cataracts, their causes, and how they are treated.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts are when your eye’s lens becomes cloudy. Cataracts occur when proteins in the eyes begin breaking down. If you have ever worn glasses, it can feel similar to when those glasses get a lot of smudges and you cannot see through them.
How does an eye doctor diagnose cataracts?
There is a special machine that our eye doctor will use during an eye exam that can accurately detect cataracts, even in the early stages. Talking with our optometrist about symptoms you believe might be from cataracts is the absolute best way to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
Are there different types of cataracts?
Most cataracts develop as part of the aging process. The second most common cause of cataracts is side effects from either medications or other conditions. When you make an appointment with our eye doctor, they will go over any medications you have as well as investigate other common medical causes that might have caused cataracts to develop. While diagnosing the causes of your cataracts won't make them go away, it may help stop future development after your cataracts are removed.
Is cataract surgery safe?
Yes! Cataract surgery is both safe and effective. Cataract surgery works by removing the natural clouded lens in your eye and replacing it with an artificial one. This artificial one will act just like the lens you were born with.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor for Cataract Treatment in San Antonio and Castle Hills
Call Vision Source Castle Hills today at (210) 341-5774 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.