As we get older, the tissues of our eyes change. The eye’s lens, located behind the iris, is where light is focused onto the retina allowing us to see clearly. The lens gradually becomes thicker and less flexible and the tissues begin to break down and become clouded. This clouding of the lens, known as cataracts, causes the light to become scattered as it passes through. This is what causes the blurred vision that we experience with cataracts. Depending on the severity of your cataracts, your vision may be improved simply by adjusting the prescription of your eyeglasses. But unfortunately, that is the extent of cataract treatment possibilities.
Because cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, there is nothing that can be done to reverse the condition. Cataracts significantly affect your lifestyle, so if you find it difficult to complete daily tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, you should think about undergoing cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is a safe and quick outpatient procedure that could transform your life. The surgery corrects distance vision, and most patients will require glasses for up-close reading and computer use. There are premium lens options available that could potentially eliminate the need for glasses.
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of 40 and more than half of all Americans will develop a cataract by the time they reach 80 years of age.
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens and as it progresses, you might start to notice these symptoms:
Your vision becomes blurry or cloudy, like looking through fogged glass.
Everyday tasks become difficult, such as reading, driving (especially at night), or seeing facial expressions.
Develop a sensitivity to light and glare.
Start seeing “halos” around lights
Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription.
If you are noticing any of these symptoms then cataract surgery may be your best option!
Thanks to advances in technology, Sweeney Eye Associates can provide cataract surgery that is safer and more precise than ever, offering better outcomes and shorter recover times than cataract surgery in the past.
The 4th of July weekend is upon us and if you are one of the many Americans that like to shoot off fireworks to celebrate your freedom, you need to know a few safety tips to keep your eyes safe from harm.
Keep a safe distance. After lighting the firework, back away so the possible debris from the firework will not injure you.
Don’t pick up duds and misfires.
Supervise your children closely and teach them how to safely handle sparklers and fireworks.
Wear protective eyewear.
Celebrate with the pros by looking up your local firework show so you can stay safe and watch with the entire family.
Accidents happen, so if you experience an eye injury from a firework, the eye care specialists at Sweeney Eye urge you to leave your eye alone and contact medical attention immediately. Do not rub the injured eye. Do not try to rinse it out, or add/remove anything from the eye because that may make the injury worse.