Cataract Management from Your North Richland Hills Optometrist
Vision changes associated with cataracts often occur so gradually that a diagnosis takes a patient by surprise, according to our optometrist. The key to diagnosing and managing this eye disorder is adhering to a schedule of regular comprehensive exams at our Advantage Eyecare Optometry center in North Richland Hills.
Symptoms and Causes of Cataracts
A cataract is an opaque or cloudy area that forms in the lens of an eye. Most cataracts develop in individuals older than 55. A cataract can significantly interfere with quality of vision, depending on where it forms and how large it becomes.
Symptoms typically develop very slowly. The most common include:
- Vision that is clouded, dim, or blurred
- Growing difficulty with nighttime vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Necessity for brighter light to read or accomplish other close tasks
- The appearance of halos surrounding lights
- Frequent changes in an eyewear prescription
- Faded or yellowed appearance of colors
- Double vision occurring in one eye
The two primary causes of cataract formation are aging and injury. However, a number of other factors can cause this disorder:
- Certain medications
- Ultraviolet radiation
- Alcohol consumption
- Nutritional deficiencies
Cataract Management from Our Optometry Practice
Our optometry practice provides both pre- and post-surgery management for cataract patients. Our eye doctor can diagnose a developing cataract during a comprehensive exam that includes a patient history plus tests such as visual acuity measurement, peripheral vision evaluation, refraction, assessment of the lens and the retina, and eye pressure measurement. Additional tests are useful in evaluating glare sensitivity, contrast, and color vision.
Optometrists manage cataract patients with careful monitoring that includes regular exams and changes in glasses or contact lenses as necessary. Some patients never need surgery. However, once a cataract has grown so large that it interferes with a patient’s ability to accomplish everyday activities, surgical removal becomes a consideration.
Before recommending surgery, our doctor evaluates any other disorders a patient might have that could make removing a cataract inadvisable. Also important are assessments of the patient’s vision history and considering issues such as glaucoma, prior cataract surgery, and inflammation, along with an evaluation of eye structures.
Surgery is normally an outpatient procedure. The surgeon removes the affected lens and replaces it with an artificial device called an intraocular lens. Post-management services from our eye doctor include taking metrics to measure the patient’s recovery and vision. Additional tests evaluate aspects of general health such as blood pressure and blood sugar level. Our goal is optimal eye health and patient well-being.
Schedule an Appointment with Our North Richland Hills Optometrist
Is your vision all that it could be? Our North Richland Hills optometrist, Dr. Mark Schwartz, has the expertise to care for your eyes, whether your need is a vision exam, treatment for an infection or injury, or prescription eyewear. Call our Advantage Eyecare center today at 817-788-2020 today to schedule an appointment and enjoy a full range of high-tech vision care.