Cataracts are one of the most frequently diagnosed eye conditions in older individuals and the leading cause of decreased vision in America. Most people begin to develop cataracts in their forties but may not notice symptoms until they have significantly progressed.
To restore vision, eye doctors perform cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a safe and quick procedure that can restore clear vision and reduce cataract symptoms.
Keep reading to learn three ways to know if you’re ready for the best cataract surgeon in Henderson!
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are the clouding of the usually transparent lens inside the eye. The leading cause of cataracts is aging.
As you age, proteins and fibers within the eye break down and clump together, clouding the eye’s lens. Cataracts typically develop slowly over time, often taking years to affect your vision.
When they first develop, you may not notice any symptoms at all. Many people do not even know they have cataracts until they have advanced enough to cause vision changes.
At Shepherd Eye Center, our eye doctors can diagnose cataracts by performing a series of tests during a routine eye exam. These tests will evaluate the quality of your vision and the health of your eyes.
You may notice signs of cataracts even before your annual routine eye exam. Here are some of the symptoms of cataracts that may be a sign that you are ready for cataract surgery:
1. Clouded, Dim, or Blurred vision
Decreased or cloudy vision is often the most apparent symptom of cataracts. People with cataracts often feel like they are looking through a foggy or frost-covered window.
2. Glare or Halos Around Lights
As cataracts develop, the lens of the eye becomes clouded. This can cause the light to be distorted when it enters your eye.
Glare and haloes around lights can make certain activities like driving at night increasingly difficult.
3. Requiring Extra Light to See in Dim Lighting
You may experience increased difficulty reading things like a restaurant menu in ambient lighting or road signs while driving at night. If you notice that you need extra lighting to read at night, it may be a sign of cataracts.
While there is no way to prevent cataracts, cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment that can restore your clear vision. During cataract surgery, a qualified and experienced cataract surgeon removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens.
Our experienced eye surgeons have years of experience performing cataract surgery at Shepherd Eye Center. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure and offers a short recovery time.
With the advancement of intraocular lenses, also known as IOL, we offer premium lenses that can even improve or enhance your vision, reducing your need for glasses or contact lenses. There are a range of IOLs available, and our knowledgeable eye care providers can help you choose the premium lens that is just right for you.
The best way to ensure your vision stays clear is to come in for regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams and to discuss changes in your vision.
Are you experiencing cataract symptoms? Schedule an appointment at Shepherd Eye Center in Henderson, NV, today!