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Common Symptoms of Cataracts

  • a painless blurring of vision
  • glare, or light sensitivity
  • poor night vision
  • double vision in one eye
  • needing brighter light to read
  • fading or yellowing of colors

The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.

The most common type of cataract is related to aging of the eye.

Causes of Cataracts

  • family history
  • medical problems, such as diabetes
  • injury to the eye
  • medications, especially steroids
  • long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight
  • previous eye surgery
  • unknown factors

What to Expect During Your Cataract Evaluation

Please allow at least two-hours for the Cataract exam. The visit will include testing specific to your problems and concerns, and a complete and thorough eye exam with dilation. Dilating drops will be placed in your eyes. As the drops begin to work, you will have trouble seeing things up close and may experience light sensitivity. These effects will wear off in a few hours.

Treatment of Cataracts for patients in Cary, Roxboro, Durham, Chapel Hill

Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of cataract are not bothering you very much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful. There are no medications, dietary supplements or exercises that have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts.

Protection from excessive sunlight may help slow the progression of cataracts. Sunglasses that screen out ultraviolet (UV) light rays or regular eyeglasses with a clear, anti-UV coating offer this protection. Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities.

North Carolina EENT has offices in Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Roxboro for treatment of Cataracts.

Contact us today! Make an appointment at one of our nearby offices, to discuss treatment options.