Vision Solutions at Any Stage
Our eyes change throughout our entire lives. While most of us expect visual development in the early years, you might be surprised how eye tissue changes can impact your sight. Even small changes can make a significant difference.
Many cataracts start small but grow in size or density as they develop. In later stages, a cataract can cause blurry vision that can’t be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your optometrist can provide solutions to improve comfort and vision at any stage. Discuss your options today.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area that develops in the eye’s lens. The crystalline lens is a clear tissue with 60% of its mass made of proteins. The lens changes shape to focus on near or distant objects and control light as it enters the eye. Cataracts develop due to changes in the lens’ proteins and fibers.
As a result, the lens can lose some flexibility, preventing it from changing shape as easily. The opaque spot also scatters light, affecting the eye’s ability to direct light. Depending on the location, size, and density, a cataract may cause mild to severe vision problems, including:
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Reduced color vision
- Prescription changes
- Poor night vision
- Sensitivity to light or glare
Cataract Prevention & Treatment
Currently, there is no treatment for preventing or slowing cataract development. However, patients may lower their risk of early cataract development by:
- Decreasing or stopping smoking
- Practicing sun safety with UV-blocking sunglasses
- Scheduling regular eye exams (or diabetic eye exams)
- Supporting their diet with eye-friendly nutrients
Treatment depends on the level of visual impairment. People with early-stage cataracts may experience few symptoms, with eyeglasses or contact lenses providing adequate vision improvement. Still, regular eye exams are essential for monitoring cataract progression and keeping up with prescription changes.When severe symptoms interfere with daily living, patients may be candidates for cataract surgery. Replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens significantly improves vision and eliminates the risk of future cataract development.
See Comfortably with Customized Care
Your eyes are unique, so you deserve customized eye care. At Old Town Optix Optometry, we strive to help our patients feel better and see better. Visit us for regular eye exams so we can protect your eye health and recommend treatment to preserve your visual comfort.
Come See What We’re About
Our practice is located in the Old Town La Quinta shopping mall complex. Find our door to the right of the Old Town Tavern. Plenty of parking is available on the south side of the building, facing Avenida La Fonda.