Cataract

Cataract Diagnosis and Care in McDonough

When you have a cataract, our optometry team at DePoe Eye Center, serving Columbus, Griffin, Macon, Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, Atlanta, and McDonough, GA, are happy to provide supportive services to ensure your vision remains as intact as possible. We invite you to learn more about what cataracts are and what to do about them. 

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract develops when the clear lens inside one of the eyes becomes cloudy. This happens when proteins in the lens tissue change their structure. 

If a cataract becomes large enough, it can begin to affect a person's vision. The most common cataract symptoms include:

  • What looks like halos around bright light sources
  • Blurry vision
  • Decreased color vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Increased sensitivity to bright lights and/or glare (photophobia)
  • The need for frequent prescription changes
  • The need for brighter ambient light to see while reading and doing other activities

Causes of Cataracts

Cataracts are so common that the National Eye Institute projects as many as 50 million Americans will have one by the year 2050. While advancing age is the most common risk factor for cataracts, other possible causes and risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • A history of injury or infection affecting the eyes
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Cataract Treatment: How our McDonough Optometrist Team Can Help

Cataracts can develop for a long time before they get large enough to start causing vision problems, but they can be diagnosed on a comprehensive eye exam even before symptoms develop. 

In addition to providing early cataract diagnosis and screening, our McDonough optometrist team can also help by optimizing and updating your prescriptions, teaching you low vision tips and other eye care strategies, and monitoring the size and progression of the cataract in one or both eyes.

Cataracts can't be reversed, but they can be removed in a relatively simple procedure in which the damaged lens is surgically taken out and replaced with an artificial one. This procedure is done by an eye surgeon, or ophthalmologist. Our optometry team can provide important pre- and post-operative care to ensure your cataract replacement surgery goes smoothly. 

Want to Get Screened for Cataracts? 

If you live in Columbus, Griffin, Macon, Jonesboro, Fayetteville, Stockbridge, Atlanta, or McDonough, GA and are interested in cataract screening or other eye care services, contact DePoe Eye Center today at (770) 474-1237 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laura or Dr. Adam DePoe. 

 

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