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Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center
Your optometrist in Lewiston, ME offers Cataract diagnosis and treatment to vision patients
Are you experiencing vision issues as you get older? Cataracts are a common condition that can interfere with driving and reading, as well as other routine activities and pleasures. The good thing about this condition is that effective treatments are available to diagnose, monitor and treat cataracts from your optometrist in Lewiston, ME. See clearly again with the advanced treatments available for cataracts from Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center and restore your lost vision. Learn more about cataracts and related services to address this condition.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts develop often in adults 60 years of age and older. Adults with cataracts experience a protein-build-up in the eye lens. This build-up reduces the amount of light received and may result in vision loss. There is more than one type of cataracts. Vision patients may develop:
- Congenital cataracts
- Age-related cataracts
- Secondary cataracts
- Traumatic cataracts
Cataracts can occur with age, as a result of an infection or injury, as a fetus develops in the womb, or as a result of specific medical conditions. Individuals with diabetes or who are taking diuretics or corticosteroids can develop the condition. Being exposed to ultraviolet light, toxic substances or radiation can also trigger or be a factor to increase the likelihood of cataracts formation. A consultation and comprehensive exam from your optometrist at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center can detect and diagnose cataracts in patients of any age.
What Are Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts are generally slow to develop. Patients often notice a problem when the protein build-up begins to block incoming light. At this point, additional symptoms can include:
- Double vision in one or both eyes
- Issues with daytime glare
- Problems when driving at night
- Changes in how color is perceived
- Vision that is foggy, cloudy, blurry or filmy
Dr. Mailhot will perform a thorough evaluation and discuss treatment options with vision patients with cataracts or at risk of developing cataracts.
How Do Optometrists Prevent, Treat and Manage Cataracts?
Cataracts are diagnosed with an exam that includes dilation of the pupil. It is important to bring any prescription eyewear to the appointment. Depending on the results, the optometrist may recommend:
- Prescription eyewear
- Cataract surgery
The surgical procedure has a high success rate and patients can return home the same day. Surgery involves the replacement of the lens with a man-made one. There is no known way to prevent the formation of cataracts. Therefore, it is important to have eyes checked regularly as cataracts and glaucoma often develop in older adults. Those with a family history of eye conditions or have been exposed to certain substances may be at increased risk of developing cataracts. Optometrists monitor changes to the eye and vision during periodic exams and offer referrals, and pre- and post-op care for cataract surgery.
Cataracts are a common condition for many adults. Get the attention and treatment you need to support your eye health and vision. Lewiston residents that may be experiencing symptoms of cataracts can come in for an exam and consultation with the optometrist at Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center. Their optometrists and staff deliver high-quality eye care and compassionate attention to all vision patients. Schedule an appointment with your optometrist in Lewiston, ME for a comprehensive exam and identify the reason for your vision issues. Contact Family Eye Health and Contact Lens Center at 207-782-9501 to schedule a consultation and exam and learn more about your cataracts treatment options.