What Are The Early Symptoms of Cataracts?

When you want to maintain your vision, our doctors at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX perform regular eye exams. These examinations can both detect and diagnose eye problems, such as cataracts. Our knowledgeable professionals will be able to determine if any eye issues you're experiencing may have a cataract diagnosis. During your next visit, we can discuss what cataracts look like, who is at risk for them, and what vision looks like with cataracts. Preventive care is optimal when it comes to your vision.

Cataracts generally develop from aging or injury. However, genetics can also play a part in who is more susceptible to developing them. Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure, who have used steroids for long periods, have had past eye surgeries, have had excessive exposure to UV rays, or who are obese are more at risk for developing cataracts.

How do cataracts form?

We have a lens inside our eyes that should always be clear. This lens bends light rays that come into it to help us see clearly. This light passes through the eye and produces images on the retina. When you have a cataract, it will become cloudy or foggy, causing things to look blurry. As you age, your lens will become thicker and less transparent.

Cataract Signs and Symptoms

Some common cataract symptoms include:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Fading colors

  • Double vision in one or both eyes

  • Frequent prescription changes in glasses or contact lenses

Whenever you’re experiencing a change in your vision, you should schedule an appointment with our team at Focal Point Vision.

Diagnosing and treating cataracts

Our team performs eye examinations with different tests to determine if you have a cataract in San Antonio, TX. Visual acuity tests measure how well you can read letters on an eye chart, which helps us with your prescription. A slit-lamp examination allows us to see structures on the front of your eye when it is magnified, enabling us to see abnormalities like cataracts.

After you get a cataract diagnosis at Focal Point Vision, we can discuss treatment options to help your vision and overall eye health. For less severe cases, we may suggest glasses. For patients with more severe cases, cataract surgery may be a better option. At our San Antonio, TX office, we offer traditional cataract surgery and laser surgery options, which can correct your vision after your cataracts are removed.

Cataract prevention

One of the easiest ways to prevent cataracts is to have regular eye examinations. This helps us evaluate your eye health and detect abnormalities before they negatively affect your daily life with vision impairment. Wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection also helps to prevent the development of cataracts.

Learn how to detect signs of cataracts

At Focal Point Vision, our team performs comprehensive eye exams that can detect cataracts. When we diagnose you with cataracts, we will discuss your treatment options for repairing your vision. If you have questions about how to tell if you have cataracts, have noticed changes in your vision, or would like to have an eye exam, contact our office today to schedule an appointment in San Antonio, TX.

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