San Antonio, TX
While millions of people develop cataracts every single year, and nearly everyone will have them at some point in their life, it can be hard to find clear information about what cataracts are, or when you should seek treatment.
At Parkhurst NuVision, we want our guests to be fully informed about their options. Cataracts aren’t fully preventable, but with early detection and cataract surgery — one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States — your vision and quality of life can be restored. Your cataracts do not have to define your lifestyle, or keep you from doing the things you love!
What Are Cataracts?
Inside of your eye is a natural lens, situated behind your iris. It has the approximate shape of an M&M, and its job is to refract light into the retina at the back of your eye. This is a crucial part of how your eye creates vision.
But over time, the proteins that make up your eye’s lens will “denature” and break down. For many people, this begins at around 50 years old. The once-clear lens will begin to cloud as proteins clump up, which results in blurry vision and other vision impairments. As cataracts progress and vision worsens, everyday tasks like reading and driving become more and more difficult.
There’s a common misconception that your cataract needs to be “ripe” before undergoing surgery, but while that was true many years ago, today, we offer options to ensure that we can help you achieve your post-operative vision goals.
Causes of Cataracts
Most people develop cataracts over the course of natural aging, starting at around age 50. Other factors that can increase the likelihood of developing cataracts, or make them progress faster, include:
- Having a blood-related disease such as diabetes, hypertension, or obesity
- Smoking or chronic secondhand smoke exposure
- Having a previous eye injury or eye disease
- Taking certain medications, such as steroids
- Chronic exposure of eyes to sunlight
Symptoms & Risks of Cataracts
There are a number of symptoms that indicate a developing cataract, including:
- Clouded or blurred vision
- Double vision
- Difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Difficulty reading or seeing detail
- Light sensitivity
- Seeing halos around light sources
- A fluctuating vision prescription
- A yellowing of once-vivid colors
These symptoms typically worsen over time, making it harder to see clearly. Don’t wait until your cataract matures before coming in to seek help: the earlier you see a physician about it, the easier the procedure will be to complete, and the faster the recovery.
The Solution to Cataracts is
Though you can “manage” vision loss with corrective eyewear for a little while, there’s no pair of glasses that can correct for a cataract forever. The only true solution is cataract surgery — but luckily, it’s a complete and permanent solution!
During cataract surgery, we will remove the clouded cataract from your eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Even a standard IOL will restore your vision to what it was before surgery, but we’re proud to be able to provide virtually any visual outcomes using our range of advanced lens options. These “premium IOLs” can be tailored to your eyes’ needs and actually improve upon your pre-cataract sight, reducing or in some cases even eliminating the need for corrective eyewear!
When Should I Get
The answer is: as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more the cataract will ripen and mature, meaning that your vision will only continue to worsen. As cataracts mature, the eyes develop that infamous clouded look you may have seen in cataract literature, and they’ll become significantly more difficult to operate on. An early decision to go forward with cataract surgery makes the entire process smoother and helps to ensure your best possible outcomes.
If you suspect you have cataracts, your next step should be to schedule a consultation with a professional. At Parkhurst NuVision, we care deeply about your quality of life, and have invested in highly advanced tech and an extensive variety of IOLs to choose from. It’s all part of tailoring a concierge-style guest experience to you that can make you feel confident in and comfortable with your cataract surgery.
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Dr. Gregory Parkhurst has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.