When it comes to our eyes, any kind of condition like a cataract can seem especially scary. But cataracts are nothing to be scared of and are a normal part of aging. Feeling nervous? Check out some FAQs about cataracts and cataract surgery that we hear most from patients.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a build-up of protein on the eye’s lens. As we get older, the proteins in the eyes start migrating towards the center of the eye. This slow progression leads to a cataract forming out of the clump of proteins on the lens. When you have a cataract, you may not notice until you start losing vision.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
Common symptoms of cataracts include:
- blurred vision
- seeing double in only one eye
- light sensitivity
- needing more light to complete up-close tasks
- things appearing yellow or brown tinted
- seeing glare or halos around lights, especially when driving at night
- having a frequently changing glasses or contact lens prescription
- colors appearing more faded
As a cataract develops, these symptoms become more obvious and harder to ignore. Even though you may have a cataract, it doesn’t always mean you need cataract surgery right away.
What can I do to reduce my risk of developing a cataract?
Currently, there is no way to say you won’t develop a cataract. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing one early.
If you smoke, stop! Smoking is thought to be one of the things that actually speeds up cataract development. This is because smoking introduces free radicals into the eye. In general, you should try to lead a healthy lifestyle. Make sure to exercise at least 3 times a week. You should also eat well, and incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet. You can take your health to the next level by adding omega 3 supplements into your routine. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in many foods like salmon, eggs, walnuts, spinach, and chia seeds.
Why do I need cataract surgery?
At Bowden Eye & Associates, we recommend patients have surgery when they notice that their daily activities are being hindered by visual disturbance. When you have a cataract, it makes completing tasks almost impossible! Cataract surgery becomes necessary at this point. Without cataract surgery, your cataract will continue taking over your vision. You need cataract surgery to remove your cataract-ridden lens. Once removed, we then replace your lens with an artificial lens, or IOL. Thanks to your new IOL, you’ll finally be able to see clearly again!
Why should I choose Bowden Eye & Associates for cataract surgery?
Before any kind of procedure, it’s understandable if you’re wondering who to choose. And we get that. At Bowden Eye & Associates, it is all about the patients for us. We feature 3 fellowship trained cornea specialists- Dr. Frank W. Bowden III, Dr. Kevin Cronin, and Dr. Sarah Darbandi. Most practices are lucky to have one, let alone three fellowship trained cornea specialists. They are the experts in their field and that makes them uniquely qualified! These are things that you want when you are choosing a cataract surgeon and an eye care practice. No matter what, our patients always receive the best treatment for their needs.
Ready to say goodbye to cataracts and hello to vibrant, clear vision? Schedule a cataract appointment at Bowden Eye & Associates in Jacksonville, FL today!