Cataracts are a widespread eye health condition affecting around 90% of Americans over 65. At Diablo Eye Associates in Walnut Creek, California, the cataract and glaucoma specialists offer state-of-the-art treatments for cataracts, including laser-assisted surgery and premium refractive intraocular lenses. If you’re concerned about cataracts, call Diablo Eye Associates today or schedule a consultation online.
You have a lens in each eye that focuses light onto your retina. Cataracts form when the proteins in your lenses break down and make the lens filmy or cloudy.
Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. However, your risk increases if you have a family history of cataracts or if you have certain health issues, such as diabetes. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time outdoors without sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, your chances of developing cataracts increase.
Cataracts impact the clarity of your vision as the clouding in your intraocular lens prevents it from accurately focusing light onto your retina. Some of the common signs of cataracts include:
In most cases, cataracts develop slowly, and you might not have noticeable symptoms for several years. For example, some people begin to develop cataracts around the age of 40 but don’t experience a change in their vision until after they turn 60.
The team at Diablo Eye Associates offers comprehensive eye exams that include slit-lamp tests and retinal scans that can reveal cataracts. Your ophthalmologist can identify early signs of cataracts before you notice changes in your vision. You can slow the development of cataracts by wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays.
If you have cataracts, the team at Diablo Eye Associates monitors your vision and the development of your cataracts with annual eye exams. They help you manage the early stages of cataracts with prescription lenses. They may also recommend using a bright light for reading or other activities.
However, once your cataracts have progressed to the point where your vision suffers, the Diablo Eye Associates team have trained glaucoma and cataract surgeons to replace your cloudy lens with a replacement refractive intraocular lens.
The team uses laser-assisted cataract surgery for precise incisions and lens replacements. The ophthalmologists use premium refractive intraocular lenses.
Call the practice or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about cataracts.