Cataracts Diagnosis and Treatment in McKinney, TX
Cataracts affect millions of people and possibly lead to blindness if left untreated. Getting proper diagnosis early-on allows individuals to receive necessary optometrist care and treatments. Our eye doctors at First Eye Care McKinney have the experience and professional skill to diagnose and treat your cataracts.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are the result of clouding of the lens, which is made mostly of water and protein, in one or both of your eyes. When you have normal vision, light travels through the eye and the lens focuses the light on the retina, which in turn sends the image to the brain via the optic nerve. If you have cataracts, light is scattered throughout the eye resulting in potential vision-related issues.
What Causes Cataracts?
There are several reasons people get cataracts.
- Some people are born with cataracts in one or both eyes.
- The majority of cataracts occur with aging primarily due to UV radiation exposure.
- Some medications may cause cataracts.
- Being highly myopic or nearsighted may cause cataracts.
What Are Some Signs And Symptoms Of Cataracts?
When you experience symptoms of cataracts, the symptoms do not all have to occur together. Symptoms potentially include:
- Feeling like you are looking through a film or like your eyeglasses are dirty because of the hazy vision.
- Experiencing blurred vision, faded colors, increased sensitivity to the glare of lights, particularly at night.
- Some people reveal to our optometry team that they have double vision.
- You may have early cataracts if you find the need to change your glasses or contact lens prescription more frequently.
How Our Eye Doctor Can Help Prevent, Manage and Treat Cataracts
A comprehensive annual eye exam, including a refraction for eyeglasses and a dilated retinal examination, is needed to determine if you are developing or are at risk to develop cataracts. When we diagnose cataracts in the early stages, our optometrist will likely schedule eye exams more often. Careful monitoring by our eye doctor and new eyeglass prescriptions are early treatments. Reducing risk factors such as not smoking, controlling diabetes, and protection from UV light also potentially help prevent or slow the progression of cataracts. Once cataracts begin affecting your vision, our McKinney optometrist will begin the discussion of the options that are available to you for surgical treatment of cataracts.
Contact Us Today
You cannot diagnose cataracts alone, so make an appointment to see an optometrist at First Eye Care McKinney today and our eye doctor will determine if you have cataracts.
Contact us or call (972) 540-2015 for an appointment today.