The lens of the eye is made of transparent tissue that focuses light and images on the retina. When the lens becomes cloudy or foggy, you have a cataract. With cataracts, everyday objects that were once clear now appear blurry and hazy. This is because it is far more difficult for the retina to transmit clear images.
Though not painful, cataracts can get worse if left untreated. Protein in the eye will continue to clump together and grow, making it more difficult to see. The condition will continue to impede your vision and may leave you blind. Patients experiencing any symptoms of cataracts should seek medical attention as soon as possible before they progress.
Even though cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, many want to avoid surgery if they can. It is crucial to speak with an experienced ophthalmologist about your situation to determine which method of treatment is best for you. The medical staff at Nevada Eye Physicians in Las Vegas, NV, offers treatment to eliminate cataracts and restore your vision. Our team specializes in surgical options to remove the eye’s cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, artificial one. Learn more about your options below.
Possible causes and symptoms of cataracts
Natural aging is a common cause of cataracts, with development beginning as early as age 40. The risk increases for those over 60, but some may not experience any problems until years later. Some prescription medications and diabetes also increase your risk of developing cataracts. Doctors cannot predict how quickly a cataract will spread over the eye, so it’s best to get treated right away.
Nevada Eye Physicians patients in locations around the state including Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV, with the beginning stages of cataracts can try to slow down their progression by taking a few simple steps. The first and most important step is to protect your eyes from sunlight. Get a pair of sunglasses that filter out the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Regular glasses can also come with a clear, anti-UV coating. Other lifestyle changes include avoiding tobacco products and alcohol, along with a healthy diet featuring plenty of nutrients.
We should note that there is no natural cure for cataracts, and the information provided above is not guaranteed to slow the development of cataracts. The first step in treating this condition is a consultation and assessment by a skilled ophthalmologist, who will be able to determine your next steps.
The symptoms associated with cataracts include cloudy vision or any of the following. Please schedule a consultation immediately if you experience:
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to bright light
- Difficulty reading without light or seeing at nighttime
- The appearance of "halos" around light
Recommendations for treatment
Cataracts cannot be corrected without surgery. You should know that cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment for thousands of people every year. In fact, it is one of the most common operations in the world. Your ophthalmologist at Nevada Eye Physicians is most likely to recommend surgery, which will replace the cloudy lens with a clear artificial lens implant, also called an intraocular lens or IOL. The outward appearance of the eye will not change, but your vision will be restored.
Thanks to advanced, state-of-the-art cataract procedures at our many facilities, you can improve your quality of life. During the assessment and consultation, we will help you determine the right IOL implant to meet your specific needs. Since the shape and size of the lens is different for everyone, we will create a personalized plan for you.
This permanent implant is held in place with small flexible loops known as haptics. They are made of materials like silicone and acrylic, which are biocompatible to make sure your eye is free from irritation. Once your eye has healed, your vision will seem clear again. We will need to assess whether you need glasses or other visual aids to optimize your eyesight.
Reach out to Nevada Eye Physicians
Patients diagnosed with cataracts may worry about blindness impacting their lives. These limitations can keep you from everyday tasks such as reading, driving, or enjoying the scenery. While lifestyle changes and eye protection do much to help prevent cataracts and keep them from progressing, we believe surgery is the tried-and-true way to remove the diseased lens.
Nevada Eye Physicians is a comprehensive facility serving residents in locations around the state including Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV. High-quality, customized care is our primary focus for all patients. Our innovative techniques and trained physicians address conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, astigmatism, macular degeneration, and more. We understand how important it is to receive proper eye care. To learn more about Nevada Eye Physicians, feel free to browse our services, and call today to schedule a consultation with our cataract specialists.