Be on the Lookout for Cataracts

April 26, 2021

If you associate eye cataracts as signs of “growing older,” you are correct. Maturing is the most prevalent cause. Many people’s eyes start to show signs of aging when they reach 40, which is when the lenses’ normal proteins begin to stop working as well as they used to. So instead of being clear, the normal proteins’ breakdown makes the lenses become cloudy. You can compare it to looking through a car windshield that’s misty or grimy. Objects appear fuzzy or less vivid. 

At the office of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, our ophthalmologists and support staff aim to provide each and every patient with the utmost care and best medical treatments possible. If you’re having any difficulties with your vision or suspect that you may have cataracts, we can help improve your quality of life by correcting or ameliorating them. 

It’s fairly typical for the lenses of individuals ages 60 and over to start becoming a bit murky, but the cloudiness may not start causing vision problems until years down the road. 

But be aware that cataracts aren’t necessarily due to only advancing age. Additional reasons include:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Genetics
  • Extreme time in the sun without sunglasses or with sunglasses that lack UV protection
  • Using corticosteroids medications

If you have cataracts in one or both eyes, you may experience double-vision, blurriness, sensitivity to light, muted colors, a need for bright light when reading, problems seeing clearly at night and perceiving the true hues of bright colors. 

The health of your eyes is as important to the office of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology as it is to you. Good vision is crucial for innumerable reasons, and it’s especially important to monitor your eye health as your reach middle age. Please call today to schedule an examination!