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Cataracts are a relatively common eye condition in old age, but are no less devastating for their prevalence. Cataracts, if untreated, can cause blindness, which is why it’s so important to see an optometry professional if you have even the barest signs of cataracts. Learn more about cataract causes and signs, how they’re diagnosed, and pre- and post-surgery care for those who elect cataract surgery.
So what exactly are cataracts, and how do you know if you have them? A cataract is cloudiness or opacity in the lens of the eye that causes vision to be blurry or to scatter light, and to look filmed over or whited out from the outside. Other common signs include a decrease in peripheral vision and increased glare.
If you think you have cataracts, surgery may be your best option. Of course, if you’re not sure whether or not you have cataracts or if you should do something about them, it’s doubly important to talk to an optometry professional so you don’t miss the condition and allow it to worsen … which makes it much harder to treat.
Our North Richland Hills and Colleyville, TX eye doctors will use a range of vision exam types to diagnose cataracts. These may include visual acuity tests for distance and close-up vision, brightness acuity, glare tests, color vision and contrast testing, and testing of your complete visual field (i.e. peripheral vision). We may perform more specialized tests if these do not give us a comprehensive enough picture of your eye condition. If you’re wondering how professional eye doctors may diagnose your condition, or if you need a visual exam at all, it’s best to get in touch today.
Once our optometrists have a picture of what’s going on in your eyes, we will attempt to align diagnosis and treatment, meaning we will match the correct procedure with your diagnosis. In some cases, you may not need cataract surgery at all because your symptoms are caused by another problem. In other cases, we may advise surgery. The important thing is to get your eyes looked at by a qualified professional so we can determine if you need treatment, and what the best course may be.
The eye doctors at our North Richland Hill optometry clinic offer both pre- and post-management of cataract surgery. Pre-management includes assessing any other disorders you may have that make surgery dangerous or inadvisable – or that we simply have to watch out for – including heart disease, diabetes, bleeding disorder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or sensitivities to medications. We will also assess your eye history, taking a look at prior traumas, inflammation, amblyopia, glaucoma or previous cataract surgery. We will assess the outer eye area, pupil function, and other eye structures (such as the cornea or anterior chamber).
After the surgery, which is a simple matter of removing your eye lens and replacing it with an artificial “intraocular” lens, we will take post-operative metrics to assess your vision and recovery. Our optometrists will also ensure that your other health metrics are normal, such as blood pressure, blood sugar and so on, all tests that indicate your eye health and overall wellbeing. We can explain both pre- and post-operative management in greater detail if you come in to visit us.
If you’re looking for optometrists who treat cataracts in North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Hurst, Bedford, Keller, and Southlake, we would love to help you today. Our facility is calm and patient-centered, and our staff excels at providing expert care to improve the vision health of all. Please feel free to ask us more about how our optometrists treat cataracts, or other services, for the communities of North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Hurst, Bedford, Keller, and Southlake. You can get in touch with us by calling 817-788-2020 with questions or to make an appointment.
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My experience at Advantage Eyecare is always excellent. Convenient online appointment application / friendly, professional staff / quick and efficient appointments. What is not to like? 5 stars and highly recommend for your eye care needs.