Life a Blur? 5 Things to Know About Cataracts

If life has been a blur lately, it might be more than just the crazy times we live in. You may be developing cataracts. Cataracts often cause cloudy, blurred vision, sensitivity to glare, and trouble driving at night.

The good news is research shows cataract surgery greatly improves quality of life, reducing the risk of falls and car accidents.

As we grow older, the lens of our eye thickens and becomes cloudy. Eventually, we find it difficult to read street signs or see clearly in low light conditions. Colors may seem dull. All these symptoms may signal cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75.

If you have any of these or other risk factors, talk to an ophthalmologist.

  1. Age isn’t the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataracts with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely you develop cataracts. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and certain ethnicities have all been linked to increased risk of cataracts. Eye injuries, prior eye surgery, and long-term use of steroid medication can also result in cataracts. If you have any of these or other risk factors, talk to the experts at Florida Eye Institute.
  2. Cataracts cannot be prevented, but you can lower your risk. Avoid smoking cigarettes, which have been shown to increase the risk of cataract development. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats when outside can help. Several studies suggest that eating more vitamin C-rich foods may delay the onset of cataracts.
  3. Surgery can help improve more than just your vision. Studies show that cataract surgery greatly improves quality of life and can reduce the risk of falling. If cataracts are interfering with your ability to see well, consider asking your ophthalmologist about cataract surgery.
  4. Cataract surgery is safe. Nearly 98% of cases are completed without complications. During the procedure, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, which improves vision significantly. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, each with different benefits.
  5. Advanced techniques like ‘No-Drop’ procedures further reduce the already low risk of serious complications from cataract surgery. The ophthalmologists and surgeons of Florida Eye Institute perform over 1200 successful procedures each year to restore vision.

A life-changing surgery
Henry Bock, a patient of Dr. Karen Todd, Board Certified ophthalmologist describes his experience after cataract surgery at Florida Eye Institute.

“After having the cataracts removed, it was a whole new world for me.  The colors were brilliant.  You could almost say, “It’s like being born all over again.”  It was spectacular, and it was painless.  When I come in here, it’s like coming home.  Everyone’s so friendly and nice.  It’s just a wonderful experience.”

Dr. Todd adds, “If you notice changes in your vision, please don’t delay having your eyes checked.  Our office is taking extra precautions during this time to ensure your safety and peace of mind.”

Get the facts about cataracts including the latest dropless procedures and advanced lens selections. Florida Eye Institute has locations in Vero Beach and Sebastian. Visit www.fleye.com for more information or call 772.500.2020.

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