June is Cataract Awareness Month and a great time to educate yourself on the common and troubling condition experienced by people all over the world. A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This clouding can cause a variety of symptoms that interfere with daily life, such as:
Blurry, hazy or dim vision
Seeing “halos” around lights
Difficulty with vision at night
Double vision in a single eye
Cataracts affect more than half of all Americans by the time they turn 80 years old. While most cataracts are related to aging (senile cataracts), they can also be caused by sun exposure, certain medical conditions such as diabetes, eye injuries or genetic disorders. You can reduce your risk for developing cataracts to a degree by wearing sunglasses with UV protection, drinking in moderation, not smoking and eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.
The bad news? If left untreated, cataracts can go so far as to cause vision loss, eventually leading to blindness.
The good news? Cataract surgery is one of the most successful surgeries performed in the United States!
McFarland Eye Care’s very own Dr. Mike McFarland developed the now-global standard for the procedure–”No-Stitch” cataract surgery. This allows the eye to heal on its own after surgery without the use of sutures. Dr. McFarland, Dr. Evan Newbolt and Dr. James Hoffman are all skilled surgeons who offer a variety of treatment options.
These options include traditional cataract surgery with or without astigmatism correction and laser cataract surgery with or without refractive lenses. Depending on your particular needs, and whether or not you mind wearing glasses after your surgery, our team will help you make the best decision possible for you.
If you’re suffering from cataracts, know that you have options. Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. We’ll be with you every step of the way on your journey toward clear vision!