When anyone is diagnosed with a condition, like glaucoma or cataracts, there is one question they have on their mind. How will this diagnosis affect my life? How will this diagnosis affect my vision? The unknown can be a very scary thing for patients. That is why we have set out to help inform our patients (and the general public) to better ease their minds. As the saying goes, knowing is half the battle.
What It’s like to Live with Cataracts
The eye functions a lot like a camera. Light enters the eye, passing through the cornea – the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and anterior chamber – the aqueous humor, pupil, and into the lens, where the light is bent and focused onto the retina. From there, the image passes through the retinal cells, into the optic nerve, and finally to the back of the brain, where the image is processed.
A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens. This clouding prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, thus disrupting normal vision.
Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts
Cloudy, blurry, or foggy vision.
Problems driving at night as the result of glare.
Double vision (like a superimposed image).
Changes in the way a patient sees color.
Sudden changes in glasses prescription.
Progressive nearsightedness in older patients, often called “second sight.”
If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms of cataracts, it is important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor – optometrist or ophthalmologist – as soon as possible. The good news: cataracts are typically nothing to worry about. In fact, cataracts are very treatable and cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the country.
Cataract Treatment from Anne Arundel Eye Center
The Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. A consultation with board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles will help guide you through the treatment process and help you determine when cataract surgery makes the most sense for you. And when that time comes, you want to make sure you are in good hands. Dr. Boles utilizes the LenSx® Laser, the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today, to create a cataract surgery that’s 100% unique to each patient.
If you have any questions about Cataract Treatment or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC), please contact Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or Click Here to fill out our contact form.
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For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.