Cataracts

Cataract Services from Your Optometrist in Lawrence, KS

Almost every family has a member who has developed cataracts. Our optometrist in Lawrence notes that at least fifty percent of patients seventy-five or older suffer from them. While researchers have not found any way to prevent cataract formation, the appropriate eye care can help guard against vision loss. Regular exams at our optometry practice help identify signs of a variety of eye disorders as well as eye development problems and other issues associated with pediatrics.

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Signs of Cataracts

A typical cataract patient develops the disorder in both eyes. Cataracts represent an accumulation of protein on the lens of an eye. As they grow, the result is a progressively cloudy vision, making it hard to read, drive at night, and even recognize some faces.

Quite a few of our patients express surprise after a cataract diagnosis. This reaction is typical when the cataract is still so small that the patient has not noticed the most common symptoms:

  • Blurry, clouded, or dim vision
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Light and glare sensitivity
  • Noticing halos around lights
  • Requiring increasingly brighter light for close work
  • Prescription changes for corrective eyewear
  • Yellowing or dimming of colors

Elevated Risk for Cataracts

Vision exams at our optometry practice include screenings for cataracts. They allow us to identify individuals with potential risk factors of cataracts, such as:

  • Tobacco user
  • Being 40 or older
  • Consuming excessive alcohol
  • Suffering from hypertension
  • Carrying extra weight
  • Experiencing overexposure to sunlight
  • Suffering from specific diseases
  • Using corticosteroids long-term
  • Undergoing prior eye surgery
  • Suffering a preceding eye injury or inflammation

Cataract Treatments

Our eye doctor recommends the cataract treatment option most appropriate for the visual problems the sufferer is experiencing. In the early stages, eye care from our optometry practice could mean regular patient monitoring.

Corrective eyewear bearing a special coating on the lenses is helpful for many individuals.  In some cases, prescription drops slow cataract growth. 

Once our optometrist in Lawrence determines that one or more cataracts interfere with a patient’s normal routine, he will discuss eliminating them, which involves a referral to a surgeon for cataract removal and insertion of an artificial lens.

Schedule Your Family Exams with Our Optometrist in Lawrence

Make sure you enjoy your best vision by scheduling regular exams with Curtis R. Anderson, O.D.  We offer state-of-the-art technology to provide our patients with the latest options in eye care.  We want to help your entire family with all vision concerns, whether they involve pediatrics and proper development of children’s eyes or assessing risk for a variety of vision disorders. Give us a call today at 785-843-8200 to schedule an appointment with our optometrist in Lawrence.