Clearing Up the Truth about Cataracts

Do you have blurry or cloudy vision? Does one eye seem worse than the other, and it has happened since your last eye exam? It could very well be a cataract. If you think you are way too young to get a cataract, you just might be surprised.

Although many cataracts are indeed due to aging, that does not mean you have to be over 60 years of age to get one. Some people begin noticing cataracts in their 40s and 50s.

While this sounds disconcerting (and can certainly feel a bit scary), cataracts are fairly common and easily treatable by the doctors and staff at Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham.

According to The National Eye Institute, more than fifty percent of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had surgery for a cataract by age 80.

So what exactly is a cataract? The lens behind the iris is made up of water and protein. But as we get older, that protein may clump together and start to make the lens cloudy. Over time, this cloudiness can get larger, making it tough to see as clearly as before.

In some cases, the normal clear lens slowly changes to a yellowish/brownish color, adding a brownish tint to vision.

Cataracts are not a disease or an infection. While they can occur in one eye or both, they cannot spread from one eye to the other.

Protect Your Vision

There are few things you can do to help prevent cataracts:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Eat nutritional foods
  • Avoid smoking
  • Get a regular eye exam

Cataract Treatment

If you think you may already have cataracts, be sure to make an appointment with your eye doctor. Surgery isn’t always the answer. Your eye doctor can find out whether new glasses, different lighting or magnifying lenses will help.

In some cases, surgery is the only effective treatment. In that case, your surgeon here at Park Ophthalmology will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one.

Although there is usually no rush to surgery, the cataract will worsen. Besides, why see clouds when you can see clearly?

Give us a call and we can assess the situation for you.

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This article about cataract treatment at Park Ophthalmology is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina in two convenient locations.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

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