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Protect Your Vision With Skilled Cataracts Care at Calvert Ophthalmology Center
Cataracts affect millions of men and women in the U.S., and they’re a major cause of vision loss for older Americans. Having regular eye exams at Calvert Ophthalmology Center in Hopkinsville is a very important part of identifying cataracts as early as possible so an effective treatment plan can be developed to help you maintain optimal vision and better eye health.
What causes cataracts?
A cataract forms when the natural lens of your eye becomes “clouded over,” preventing light from reaching the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye. The clouding occurs as proteins inside the lens (located just behind your pupil) begin to “clump together,” usually as a natural result of aging. Cataracts are most common among people over 60 years of age, but they can begin to form earlier. Sometimes, a cataract can form from an injury, and some people are born with cataracts. Cataracts are also more likely to form in people with diabetes.
What symptoms do cataracts cause?
Cataracts cause few if any symptoms in their very early stages, but an optometrist can diagnose cataracts in these early stages with a comprehensive eye exam. As the lens becomes progressively cloudier, you may begin to experience vision problems like:
- difficulty seeing in dimly-lit environments
- loss of vibrancy in the colors you see
- problems with close-up or focused activities like reading, using a computer or sewing
- blurry vision
- halos or circles of light around lit objects
What does an optometrist do to diagnose cataracts?
An optometrist can diagnose cataracts during a routine eye exam. During the exam, our optometrist will use special instruments to see “behind” the pupil, looking for evidence of clouding in the lens that can be detected even before significant vision issues develop. Plus, your vision will be carefully assessed to determine the extent of vision loss or other symptoms you might be experiencing. Once the exam is complete, our optometrist will plan a course of action to help prevent vision loss and to help you understand your options for cataract treatment.
How are cataracts treated?
If you have mild symptoms, you might be able to improve your vision with magnifying lenses and the use of bright lights when reading or performing other activities. It’s also important to make sure you have plenty of light in your home to prevent falls and other accidents that are more common in people with vision issues. Over time, though, it’s likely you’ll need to have cataract surgery performed by our ophthalmologist. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S., and it offers great results. During surgery, the ophthalmologist will remove the eye’s natural lens and replace it with an artificial lens. Follow-up exams with our optometry team will ensure your eye heals well and your vision issues are resolved.
Care for Senior Eye Problems
Calvert Ophthalmology Center is a leader in senior eye care for patients in Hopkinsville, Clarksville, Franklin and Bowling Green, offering comprehensive eye exams and state-of-the-art treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs.
Call us Today to Schedule an Eye Exam!
Take care of your eyes and your vision with a routine eye exam focused exclusively on your needs. Schedule an exam today by calling our Hopkinsville office at 270-886-2050 or visit our website for the number of the site nearest you.