By age 75, about 50% of adults develop cataracts. Crossroads Optometry, led by experienced optometrist Frank Scolinos, OD, offers diagnosis and management of cataracts in a state-of-the-art practice in Torrance, California. With early diagnosis and monitoring, you can often prevent cataract progression and delay surgery. Book an appointment online or call the office today.
A cataract is a clouded area within your eye lens. In some cases, cataracts interfere with your eyesight, and they can eventually cause blindness if untreated. Cataracts can occur in anyone but are most common after age 55.
Cataracts happen when proteins build up and clump together in your eye lens. The deposits create milky white spots in the normally clear lens.
There are several causes of cataracts, with the most common being natural, age-related changes inside your eyes. Eye trauma can also cause cataracts that develop more suddenly than age-related ones. Rarely, children may have cataracts at birth.
Certain factors may increase your risk of cataracts, such as diabetes, smoking, excessive UV ray exposure, and hypertension. A family history of cataracts can increase your risk as well.
Your eye doctor might find the first signs of cataracts during an eye exam when you’re in your mid-50s. Most cataracts grow slowly, so you might not have any issues until 10-20 years later.
Even if you can't see an obvious opacity on your eye lens, you might experience some of the following issues if you have cataracts.
If you have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism, another possible sign of cataracts is frequent changes to your glasses or contact lens prescription.
The only true treatment for cataracts is surgical lens removal and replacement. But you don't generally need cataract removal surgery unless your cataracts are so severe that they prevent you from doing ordinary daily activities.
Once you're diagnosed with cataracts, your Crossroads Optometry provider can recommend management strategies to slow down their growth. This may include wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, stopping smoking, making dietary changes, and taking eye health supplements.
If you need cataract surgery, your doctor can refer you to an experienced surgeon and then co-manage your care.
Cataracts can lead to blindness if you don’t seek diagnosis and treatment. Don’t take chances with your eyesight: Reach out to Crossroads Optometry through the online scheduling tool, or call the office to make your appointment.