Did you know that you can have early signs of cataracts but not need cataract surgery right away? Cataracts, which develop as a normal part of the aging process, are the leading cause of vision impairment and affect approximately 25 million Americans over the age of 40, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Although there is currently no cure for cataracts, cataract surgery is a common and quick outpatient procedure that will remedy your vison problems.
Cataracts are a change in our natural lens, which sits just behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. Over time the proteins inside the lens begin to clump together becoming dense and cloudy making it increasingly challenging to see clearly.
There are signs that may lead you to believe that you are ready for cataract surgery, yet you may just need to keep an eye on things (pun intended!) Vision is probably one of the most important, and for some, THE most important sense we have, so when it feels “off” we start to worry.
Are early signs the same as “regular” signs? Yes, and there are also different types of cataracts - some develop very rapidly while others are very gradual and do not require you to have cataract surgery for many months or even years. A comprehensive cataract evaluation with our board-certified, fellowship-trained cataract surgeon, Dr. Trey Nunnery, will determine what type of cataracts you have forming, and the timeframe you should consider for scheduling your cataract procedure.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms a cataract evaluation is an appropriate step to establish a baseline with your doctor and monitor the cataract progression. To schedule your cataract evaluation with Dr. Trey Nunnery, contact us today.
Contact us today to meet with Dr. Nunnery, our cataract expert.