At Ritz and Johnson in Ocala, we have run into several questions about cataracts. We offer quality eye care services ranging from routine eye exams to cataract surgery. Let’s look at some of the questions we hear from our patients regarding cataracts.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eyes becomes cloudy. The lens is responsible for focusing on objects and passing light to the retina. As people age, the lens can become clouded. Untreated cataracts will continue to get denser over time and obstruct your vision. Eventually, it could lead to blindness if left untreated.
Who Gets Cataracts?
The majority of patients who develop cataracts are over the age of 60. They are often considered routine since many people get them later in life. Some people also get cataracts from diabetes, injuries to the eye, and medications such as steroids. There are also rare cases of congenital cataracts.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
Several symptoms could indicate that you have cataracts. They include:
- Cloudy and filmy vision
- Differences in color vision
- Issues driving at night
- Problems with glare from the sun
- Double vision
- Frequent changes in prescriptions
These symptoms may not necessarily mean that you have cataracts. Only a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist can determine if you have developed cataracts. We will provide you with a full diagnosis at our office.
When Do I Need to get Surgery?
You will have a good amount of time to determine when cataract surgery is right for you. We can not decide for you, but we will provide professional guidance during this time. When cataracts begin to affect your regular activities, it may be time to get eye surgery.
How Does Cataract Surgery Work?
During cataract surgery, your clouded lens is removed with a tiny incision and replaced with an artificial lens. The surgery is painless and you can resume normal activities the following day.
Can Cataracts Return?
Cataracts cannot return since the original lens has been removed. However, some patients do experience cloudiness because of the artificial lens. We can provide treatment options for you at our office if that occurs.
Contact Ritz and Johnson in Ocala, FL
Cataracts are a common eye condition. At Contact Ritz and Johnson in Ocala, we will answer any questions that you may have and handle your pre- and post-surgical care. Call our team today at (352) 732-7900 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.