Cataracts are an age-related vision condition that create cloudy regions on the lens of the eye. A cataract disrupts vision by making objects appear hazy and distorting the glow of lights at night. Your eye care specialist can diagnose cataracts during a routine eye exam and suggest treatments such as eye surgery to restore clarity of vision.
Cataracts reduce your ability to see objects clearly. You may notice haziness or cloudiness in your vision. Clouding of the eye’s lens may also cause blurred vision or dim vision, resulting in poor general quality of sight even in bright light. The need for more light to perform normal tasks may occur gradually, but is a sign of vision changes in the eye.
Many people who suffer from cataracts experience heightened sensitivity to light. Lights may appear to have excess glare or haloes, reducing the quality of your vision at night. This sensitivity may be particularly noticeable when you are driving. Car headlights and streetlights may appear to obscure your vision while they are in view.
Color and Contrast Changes
Cataracts can also cause changes in the clarity of your color vision. You may notice a reduction in the intensity of colors or a yellowing of the colors that you see. Additionally, the contrast between objects may diminish, creating difficulty in distinguishing adjacent objects with similar hues.
Large or Frequent Prescription Changes
As you age, your eyesight become more stable and corrective lens prescriptions often vary little from year to year. However, cataracts can cause large changes in vision over a short period of time, resulting in the need for frequent or large prescription changes to retain visual acuity.
Changes in your vision indicate that you should visit an eye care specialist for an examination and diagnosis. Newsom Eye offers routine eye care, diabetic eye care, cataract surgery, and more to improve and restore your vision and quality of life. Check us out on the web or call (813) 448-1420 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Newsom.
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LASIK eye surgery has grown in effectiveness and popularity since it first became available. Today, over one million LASIK procedures are performed each year in the U.S. As technology and techniques continue to advance, age is often not a significant factor in determining your LASIK candidacy.
LASIK in Older Patients
Many seniors hesitate to seek LASIK treatment because they feel they are too old for the procedure. However, there is no upper age limit on LASIK surgery procedures. Instead, your surgeon will evaluate the health needs of your eyes to determine whether LASIK or another surgical technique, such as cataract removal and lens replacement, will provide the most benefit. Patients with cataracts should not receive LASIK surgery, and cataracts are often associated with the aging process. It’s also important to note that LASIK surgery does not prevent cataracts, so you may need additional surgical treatment in the future as you continue to age. Other age-related health issues, such as diabetes, may also need to be evaluated before you can receive LASIK.
LASIK in Younger Patients
While there is no upper age limit for LASIK procedures, very young patients should be considered carefully before surgery is performed. The cornea of a young child does not respond to laser surgery in the same way that a mature cornea does, nor is there currently enough scientific evidence to determine the safety and efficacy of the procedure in children. LASIK is only recommended for young children in cases where severe eye conditions significantly limit vision.
Patients come from all over the world to visit Dr. Newsom for LASIK eye surgery in Tampa. You can find out more about our high safety standards and effective treatment techniques by calling (813) 448-1420. Check us out on the web for a full listing of our eye care services or to schedule your consultation at Newsom Eye today.
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Cataracts are areas of cloudiness that appear on the lens of the eye as a result of the natural aging process. Every person will develop cataracts in his lifetime, but not all cataracts cause visual disruption that require treatment.
This video discusses today’s treatment options for cataracts. Advanced surgical techniques allow for treatment of cataracts that may take as little as 5 minutes. The results of cataract surgery are detectable immediately and can vastly improve your visual abilities following the lens replacement procedure.
If you’d like more information about cataract surgery and how it can improve your vision, call Newsom Eye at (813) 448-1420. We specialize in cataract and LASIK surgery to restore and enhance the vision of each patient we treat. Click through our website to learn more about the health of your eyes.