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January 11, 2023

By: Catherine Furey, MD

What Are the Early-Stage Treatments for Cataracts?

elder man getting a cataract eye exam

One reason that people put off scheduling any kind of medical checkup is the fear of getting a serious diagnosis. While it is only human nature to have this concern, that’s the purpose of having health checks. Where eyesight is concerned, for example, a person might be afraid of his or her doctor diagnosing cataracts. We at SightMD are here to let you know that cataracts is nothing to be afraid of—providing it is diagnosed and treated early.

What should I expect with a Cataract Screening Exam?

Has your optometrist ever placed drops in your eyes that widened the pupils? You then wait a short period of time and then the optometrist rechecks your eyes. Guess what? You’ve been tested for cataracts. A check for cataracts is part of a standard dilated eye exam.

What are Cataracts?

As we’ve discussed, cataracts is the condition that develops when proteins in the natural lens of a patient’s eye breaks down. Serious? Yes, but if diagnosed early enough, cataracts may well be treated with as simple as a solution as an upgrade to prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses (or both, if the patient alternates between the two types of eyewear). The early stages of cataract treatments are aimed at improving the quality of the patient’s vision. Most people tend to experience blurry or cloudy vision at the first signs of cataracts. Other symptoms include double vision, poor vision in the dark, light sensitivity, changes to current eyewear prescription, and double vision.

Cataract Treatment Options

Some of these above mentioned symptoms can be improved with eyewear like magnifying lenses, sunglasses, and a new prescription for eyeglasses. Even simple things like repositioning lights can help to deal with some symptoms. A doctor might recommend wearing a hat outdoors along with a pair of shades to protect the patient’s eyes from sunlight and prevent their condition from getting worse.

When should I consider Cataract Surgery

As your cataracts progress surgical treatments for cataracts might be recommended when changes to a person’s vision begin to interfere with their ability to perform everyday activities like watching TV or driving. These surgical treatments involve removing the clouded lens from the patient’s eyes and replacing it with artificial eyes. Physicians often recommend cataract surgery when a patient’s vision worsens and starts to impacts a their daily activities and occupational performance.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Do you have any other questions or concerns about how cataracts can be treated? Contact your nearest SightMD office, either online or by calling 855.295.4144. Our eye care professionals will answer any questions you may have, and are also ready to help you set up an appointment for an eye exam. (With that point in mind, if your eyes have not been checked in over a year, please don’t wait. Schedule an appointment today.