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How Early Detection of Cataracts Can Preserve Your Vision

by Damion Wasylow 23 January 2024 20:09 PM

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Cataracts, a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and around the world, result from naturally-occurring protein accumulations in the eye lens. While
cataract surgery is eventually required to correct the condition, early detection can help preserve your vision for longer.

The Importance of Early Detection

Progression Monitoring: Early detection allows your eye doctor to monitor cataract progression closely and work with you to determine the optimal time for surgery.

Preventive Measures: Identifying cataracts in their initial stages may allow you to make lifestyle changes that can slow their progression, such as wearing UV-protective sunglasses or improving nutritional habits.

Better Surgical Outcomes: When cataracts are detected early, the surgery required to remove them is often simpler and more straightforward. This can result in better outcomes and a quicker recovery.

Planning Ahead: Early detection gives you time to understand your condition, discuss various treatment options with your eye doctor, and plan for any future procedures.

Early Signs of Cataracts

Early signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Gradual blurring or clouding of vision

  • Increased difficulty with night vision

  • Sensitivity to light and glare

  • Needing brighter light for reading and other activities

  • Seeing "halos" around lights

  • Frequent changes in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription

Regular Eye Exams are Critical

The most effective way to detect cataracts early is through a routine comprehensive eye exam. Even if you don’t have any obvious symptoms or known vision problems, by the time you’re in your 40’s, you should have a comprehensive eye exam every 2-4 years. That frequency should increase to every 1-2 years by the time you reach age 65.

For those with a family history of eye disease or a chronic disease that may impact the eyes, like diabetes, eye exams should be more frequent. In some cases, every 3-6 months is advisable.

And, of course, it’s always wise to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor if you experience any symptoms that limit your vision or negatively affect your quality of life.

If you or someone you love is experiencing cataract symptoms, or if it’s just been a while since your last comprehensive eye exam, contact North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care today at 352-373-4300 to schedule an appointment.



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