Cataracts occur due to a clouding in the lens of one or both eyes. While cataracts can usually affect both eyes, it won't progress at the same rate in each eye. Since symptoms develop slowly and become worse over time, you may not know you have cataracts in the initial phases. At Wallace Optometry Associates in Bessemer, AL, we provide cataract evaluations to help with early diagnosis and offer treatment to preserve your vision.
One of the leading causes of blindness is cataracts. In fact, cataracts causes blindness in around 50 percent of people worldwide and its chances increase as we age. As a result, it is important to have of regular cataract evaluations to help with early detection, monitoring, and prompt treatment. While cataracts are gradual, you may still have difficulty with tasks like driving and reading as it progresses.
What to Expect During Your Exam
Our optometrist will measure your eyes and determine the severity of the cataracts. The measurement is performed first since the eyedrops used to dilate your pupils can interfere with the accuracy. After this step, our optometrist will apply eye drops to dilate your pupils. Then, we will look into your eyes with a magnifying device to evaluate the internal components, including the lenses.
You will need a vision assessment during your visit as well. During this portion, our optometrist will ask you to look into a phoropter and let us know which letters you see to help determine your prescription. Cataracts are initially treated with vision correction and the treatment is adjusted as necessary.
If an eye exam determines that you have cataracts, our optometrist will continuously monitor your condition, check to see if the cataracts are becoming worse, and further affecting your vision. You will need to visit us for a yearly dilation exam, vision eye exam, and cataract measurement evaluation. As we evaluate your cataracts, we may determine you need to have cataract surgery to remove the damaged lens. We perform surgery if the cataracts have progressed and are hindering your ability to see clearly.
Contact us for Treatment Today
At Wallace Optometry Associates in Bessemer, AL, we can detect cataracts and offer treatment to preserve your vision. To learn about our variety of treatments and to schedule your appointment for a cataract evaluation, contact us (205) 425-5182. Our team is dedicated to helping improve your eyesight!