Common Causes of Cataracts and How Las Vegas Optometrists Can Help
Did you know that over half of all 80-year-olds have cataracts? This is evidence of just how common they are. Cataracts cause progressive opacity of the eye’s lens resulting in serious vision loss and, in some cases, total blindness. Cataract treatment from your Las Vegas Optometrist is key to avoiding serious vision problems from cataracts.
Left untreated, cataracts can have serious consequences to the vision and overall quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment is an important factor in overcoming them. That said, Las Vegas eye doctor Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry offers surgical techniques that can help to restore vision even in advanced cases.
What Exactly Is a Cataract?
Cataracts are cloudy, milky-white films that can form on the lens of the eye. This in turn blocks incoming light, distorting vision. Normally the proteins of the lens allow for visual transparency; however, in the case of cataracts, proteins start to clump together and become opaque.
Cataracts tend to develop slowly with minimal impact to vision. However, as they progress, sunburst patterns and halos may start to appear around objects near bright lights. Vision starts to blur, night vision gradually gets worse, and sensitivity to glare can increase. Colors may also seem less vivid.
What Is the Most Common Cause of Cataracts?
The most common cause of cataracts is aging. However, the formation of cataracts may also be exacerbated by the following factors:
Ongoing eye exposure to intense UV rays/sunlight
Abuse of tobacco or alcohol
Medications like corticosteroids
Systemic diseases of the eye like diabetes
Las Vegas Cataract Treatment Options
Getting eye exams each year is the best way to detect cataracts early so that they can be effectively treated. Diagnostic tools used by your Las Vegas optometrist include a slit lamp, which is a microscope with a bright light to see the eye’s lens in detail. A retinoscopy is used to see how well light is able to enter the retina.
If you suspect cataracts are an issue for you, see the professionals at Kopolow & Girisgen Doctors of Optometry. Our eye care team offers premier Las Vegas cataract treatment and can assist you if corrective surgery is required. Call either our LensCrafters locations at (702) 341-7254 or our PearleVision locations at (702) 452-2020 to book your appointment with a premier Las Vegas eye doctor.