Cataract Treatment at New Century Ophthalmology
Cataracts are a prevalent condition that can cause vision loss, especially in the senior population. It occurs when the clear lens of your eyes becomes clouded. Fortunately, with the proper care, cataracts can be treated. At New Century Ophthalmology, we provide high-quality eye care services, including cataract diagnosis and treatment, to the residents of Oxford and Raleigh, NC.
Causes of Cataracts
Most cataracts occur due to expected changes in the eyes as you age. When you hit 40, the proteins in the lenses of your eyes begin to break down and clump together. While your risk of cataracts increases with age, it is not the only risk factor. Certain health problems like diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, a family history of cataracts, eye injury, eye surgery, radiation treatment on your upper body, and extended time in the sun.
Symptoms of Cataracts
As they grow, cataracts can cause several changes in your vision, such as cloudy or blurry vision, faded colors, poor night vision, increased sensitivity to bright lights, double vision (which sometimes disappears as the cataract gets bigger), and frequent changes to your eyeglasses and contact lens prescriptions.
Ways to Prevent Cataracts
There are ways to prevent cataracts, whether you're at risk for developing them or not. Protect your eyes from harsh sunlight by wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim. Wear protective eyewear whenever you can, especially during activities like using power tools, working power tools, or even sitting at the computer. Additionally, lifestyle changes like reducing your alcohol intake, quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet can lessen your chances of developing cataracts.
Our eye doctor can diagnose cataracts as part of a dilated eye exam. During this exam, an ophthalmologist or optometrist can detect cataracts early and make sure you receive proper treatment.
Cataract Treatment at New Century Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Oxford, NC
Cataracts are often frustrating and can severely impact your vision, affecting your quality of life. At New Century Ophthalmology, we offer comprehensive cataract treatment to prevent cataracts from ruling your life. When you visit our optometrist or ophthalmologist, we will perform a vision exam, assess blurry vision, and advise you on the best forms of eye care. In severe cases, we may recommend cataract surgery.
Learn about treatment for your blurry vision, general eye care, and cataract surgery, by calling our Oxford office at (919) 861-4494 or our Raleigh location at (919) 861-4494.