Cataracts are very common and can make it difficult for you to see clearly. At Harrington Vision Centers, our optometrists have the technology and techniques to detect a cataract in its earliest stages, allowing us to implement treatments that may slow the cataract progression and protect your eyesight. Let’s look a bit more at cataracts and how we treat them.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract develops when the clear lens in your eye becomes cloudy. This is due to proteins and fibers inside the lens tissue changing their structure and alignment. Advancing age is the most common risk factor for cataracts, although some rare pediatric conditions can lead to cataracts in children as well. By age 80, over half of the population is thought to have at least one cataract. Other risk factors for cataracts include smoking, a history of trauma or surgery on the eye, genetics, excessive sunlight exposure, and excessive exposure to blue light emitted from electronic devices.
Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts are not noticeable early on, but as they get bigger you may begin to experience symptoms like:
- Blurry vision
- Increased sensitivity to glare or bright lights
- Halos or rings around bright light sources
- Diminished night vision or color vision
- Frequent prescription changes
Cataracts are not curable, but when they become big enough to disrupt vision, they can be removed in a relatively simple procedure known as cataract-removal surgery. The damaged lens is replaced with an artificial lens, restoring your vision.
Our full-service eye care clinic provides pre- and post-operative support for patients with cataracts. We also make adjustments to corrective eyewear, offer low vision strategies, prescribe medications, and perform routine exams to monitor cataract development to help you make informed decisions about your eye health.
Contact Our Optometrists in Florence, SC
If you are concerned about vision problems, contact our eye doctors at Harrington Vision Centers. Early detection and treatment for cataracts is often the best method of protecting your vision. We will perform a thorough eye exam looking for a wide variety of eye health conditions, including cataracts. Book your appointment today by calling (843) 662-0691 for our downtown Florence clinic or (843) 669-2020 for our West Florence clinic.