Your eyes are an excellent barometer of your visual and general health. In fact, many illnesses have a surprising effect on the eyes. Paying attention to changes in your eyes and vision can help y ...View Article
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Dr. Christine Best has been serving her community with high-quality optometry services since 2013, and before that worked for nearly two decades as an optometrist. In that time, she's met literally hundreds of people experiencing cataracts. If you're older 60 or have a loved one who is, it's helpful to understand a little bit about this condition so you'll know what signs or symptoms to look out for, or even how to prevent them.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye (it sits directly behind your pupils), which is usually clear like a clean window. It's caused by an abnormal build-up and arrangement of protein within the lens tissue. The most common risk factor for cataracts (which can occur in one or both eyes) is age; about half of all 80-year-olds have been affected. Other risk factors include the presence of certain diseases, like diabetes or a history of excessive UV light exposure, eye trauma, or corticosteroid use. They can also form congenitally in children, although this tends to be more rare.
Cataracts can start developing long before you would even notice them (which highlights just how important routine eye exams with optometrists are!). Once they become significant enough to cause symptoms, you might notice blurry or fuzzy vision, altered visualization of color, impaired night vision, increased sensitivity to glare, double vision, problems with corrective eyewear, and increasing nearsightedness.
Correct diagnosis is important; our optometrist in Thornton CO can identify and diagnose cataracts on a routine comprehensive eye exam.
Once a diagnosis is made, Dr. Best can make her recommendations to help you maximize your eyesight and eye health. For instance, she can work with you to find the optimal eyeglasses and/or contact lens prescription to help you see better, and can make recommendations to improve your ability to see at work, in the car, at home, etc. (e.g., tips for reducing glare and eye strain on the computer).
Since many people with cataracts have them surgically removed and replaced (in a relatively simple outpatient procedure), Dr. Best can also provide necessary pre- and post-operative care to ensure you recover well.
At Best Eyecare Associates, our Thornton eye doctor is happy to raise awareness about common eye conditions including cataracts and has spent her career improving her diagnostic and therapeutic skills in order to provide the best care possible for her patients.
If you have cataracts or are concerned about your eye health for any reason, schedule an eye exam today by contacting our clinic at 303-254-4888.