Often times, we don’t give our eye health as much thought as we should. Those who don’t have the need for vision correct, or have any other eye issues, may not even go in for an annual exam. However, failing to keep up on eye health can lead to troublesome eye issues resulting from undiagnosed issues in the lens, like cataracts. Luckily, many cataracts are visible before they cause any changes in vision, and are easily removed with a simple surgery.
Still, you should know if you’re are at risk of cataracts, and what to watch for. If you develop any of the three types of cataracts, you will need them removed once they start causing issues with your vision. Some people are more at risk of cataracts than others, so keep reading to learn if you may be at risk.
Who is at risk for cataracts?
Even if you do not fit into the following categories, you should still have a regular eye exam to rule out development of any other eye diseases or lens issues. The risks are listed by the types of cataracts, as the risks for each can vary.
This specific type of cataract begins in the back of the eye lens. Those most at risk for this type of cataract are:
- People who take large doses of steroids
- Individuals who are extremely farsighted
- People who have retinitis pigmentosa
This is the most common type of cataract, and it forms in the center of the lens in the nucleus. This cataract is caused by changes in vision with age, so older individuals are more at risk.
Instead of developing in the center, this cataract develops in the cortex of the lens, and then over time grows towards the center. This cataract most commonly is seen in diabetics.
Cataracts Treatment and Diagnosis
The Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) always welcomes new patients. Led by board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, AAEC offers complete ophthalmic exams as well as diagnostic pre and post-surgical eye care. AAEC is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and our state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
If you have any questions about your risk of cataracts or possible symptoms, please contact Dr. Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010. AAEC is staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals who will help guide you on your healing journey.