FAQs about Cataracts

Cataracts are a common eye problem in seniors 55 years and older. In its early stage, this condition may not have any effect on your vision. Over time, however, you’ll begin to notice changes in your visual perception and clarity. By scheduling routine eye exams at Optics&EYECARE in Ashburn, we can monitor your eye health to see if you’re developing this condition. If you have cataracts, preventative eye care from our optometry team could help slow down the effects of this disease. The following FAQ can help you learn more about this eye condition.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are cloudy spots that develop in the natural lenses of your eyes, keeping you from seeing clearly. These spots develop gradually over a number of years and can affect one or both eyes.

How Do I Know if I Have Cataracts?

Your Optics&EYECARE specialist can test you for cataracts during an eye exam. Before then, you may experience symptoms like blurry vision, inability to distinguish colors, changes in visual perception, greater sensitivity to glare or poor night vision. By the time you experience these symptoms, the disease has made significant progress.

Are Cataracts Found Only in Seniors?

As cataracts are an age-related condition, they occur mostly in seniors. However, it is possible for younger adults or children to develop this condition. It’s estimated that approximately half of Americans will develop cataracts by the time they reach the age of 65.

What Is the Cause of Cataracts and Can They Be Prevented?

Cataracts occur as part of the aging process, although not everyone will develop this eye disease. You cannot prevent them from developing, but you can slow down their progression through preventative eye care and living a healthy lifestyle. People who smoke, drink excessively, have diabetes, or take certain medications are more susceptible to developing this disease.

How Are Cataracts Treated?

Cataracts can be treated through cataract surgery. Modern advances in cataract surgical procedures have made this a fast and effective means of restoring your vision.

When Do I Need Surgery?

When cataracts interfere with your daily vision, hindering you from watching TV, reading, driving, etc., it’s time to talk to your optometry care specialist about a permanent solution. Cataract surgery could be just what you need to restore your vision.

Are There Side Effects to Cataract Surgery?

Like any surgery, there’s always the possibility of side effects. You may experience minor pain, swelling or infection. Few people, however, have serious complications after a surgery. Minor complications can generally be managed with medications or post-op care.

Schedule an Eye Exam to Test for Cataracts

Don’t let cataracts keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Contact Optics&EYECARE in Ashburn at 703-687-4719 to test for cataracts today.