Cataracts are a condition that typically affects the older population. At West Village Eyecare in Manhattan, we provide comprehensive optometry services, including diagnosing and treatment for cataracts.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a typical eye condition that occurs when the natural lens within the eye becomes clouded. The eye's lens is responsible for focusing light onto the retina, which is then converted into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain and interpreted as images. When cataracts form, the eye's lens is no longer able to focus light properly, resulting in blurred or distorted vision.
Cataracts typically develop slowly and painlessly over time. Early symptoms of cataracts include difficulty seeing at night, increased sensitivity to glare from lights, and faded or yellowed colors. As cataracts progress, symptoms may include double vision in one eye, frequent prescription changes for glasses or contact lenses, and the need for more light to see clearly.
There are several risk factors associated with the development of cataracts, including:
- Age: Cataracts are most common in adults over the age of 60. However, they can develop earlier in life in certain cases.
- Family history: People who have a family member with cataracts are more likely to develop them as well.
- Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing cataracts.
- Smoking: smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts than people who do not smoke.
Screening For Cataracts
If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts, it is important to see our optometrists for an eye exam. During an eye screening, we will check your vision and eye health, and look for any signs of cataracts. In some cases, special tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. These include a slit lamp eye exam, in which we examine your eye with a lighted microscope, and an eye scan (ultrasound), which can help us determine the severity of cataracts.
If you are diagnosed with cataracts, treatment will be based on the severity of your symptoms. In many cases, no treatment is necessary unless the cataracts are significantly impacting your vision. However, if you are experiencing significant visual problems due to cataracts, surgery may be recommended to remove them. Cataract surgery is a very common and safe procedure that typically results in improved vision. For example, most people report being able to see better and drive more safely after surgery.
Contact West Village Eyecare in Manhattan
At West Village Eyecare in Manhattan, our team of experienced optometrists provides comprehensive eye care services, including eye exams, vision testing, and the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions like cataracts. Call our team today at (212) 242-6592 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.