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The eye is a delicate organ, and anything that damages it can lead to complications. One common complication (and perhaps the most common among seniors) is cataracts.
The good news is your optometrist has a range of treatment options to choose from depending on the severity of your condition. In this post, a Closter, NJ optometrist talks about cataracts, what causes them, and what treatment options are available.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. They can cause vision to become blurred or dim and lead to complete blindness. Not surprisingly, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, worldwide.
Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye, which is made up of protein and water, becomes cloudy. The reason for this is simple: over time, the lens becomes less transparent due to damage to the proteins within it. This causes light passing through the lens to scatter and distort images seen by your retina—the tissue at the back of your eye responsible for sending visual signals to your brain.
Cataracts can develop as early as age 40 but are most common in people over 65 years old (about 10% of Americans have cataracts by age 65). While there’s no cure for cataracts, there are treatments available that can slow their progression and improve vision in some cases.
Cataracts typically develop as a result of aging, but they can also be caused by diabetes or exposure to chemicals.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
Optometrists can treat cataracts in many ways depending on how severe your condition is. Treatment options include:
If you have more questions or wish to schedule an eye examination, please feel free to call our Closter, NJ optometry office anytime!