June is Cataract Awareness Month, a great time to learn about cataracts, their signs and symptoms, and the practical treatments that are available. Our goal at Eye Care of San Diego is to support you in maintaining healthy, clear vision. Protecting your vision starts with understanding cataracts. 

As we age, the proteins in the lens of our eyes can clump together, forming cloudy areas known as cataracts. This condition is painless but significantly affects vision by blocking the light entering the eye. Imagine looking through a dirty or streaked window—this is similar to the experience of having a cataract. 

Recognizing Cataract Symptoms 

Cataracts can develop slowly, and early symptoms might be easy to miss. Here are some common signs to look out for: 

  • Blurred or Distorted Vision: Objects may appear hazy or out of focus. 
  • Dull or Faded Colors: Vibrant colors might seem muted. 
  • Poor Contrast and Depth Perception: Distinguishing between objects, especially in low light, can become challenging. 
  • Glare and Starbursts: Bright lights may cause discomfort, glare, or starburst patterns. 
  • Difficulty with Night Vision: Seeing clearly in low-light conditions becomes harder. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to have your eyes examined by a professional. Early detection can prevent further vision deterioration and improve your quality of life. 

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Solutions for Cataracts 

The only effective solution for cataracts is surgery. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This IOL restores visual clarity and has a focusing ability, helping you see clearly again. 

Cataract surgery is a safe and common procedure, typically performed on an outpatient basis. Here’s what to expect: 

  • Pre-Surgery Evaluation: Your eye care specialist will conduct a thorough eye examination to determine the severity of your cataracts and the best IOL option for you. 
  • The Procedure: The surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial one. This procedure is quick and painless, usually taking less than an hour. 
  • Recovery: Recovery from cataract surgery is generally smooth. Most patients experience improved vision within a few days. You might need to wear an eye patch and use prescribed eye drops to aid healing. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions and avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks. 

We at Eye Care of San Diego take great pride in providing the best cataract treatment available. To provide the greatest results for our patients, our team of professionals utilizes the newest surgical methods and cutting-edge equipment. In order to provide you with the best care possible, we tailor treatment programs to your particular needs and way of life. 

Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen before seeking help. Schedule an annual eye exam at Eye Care of San Diego to ensure your eyes remain healthy.  

Call us today at 800-765-2737 to book your appointment or learn more about Cataract Surgery. Eye Care of San Diego is committed to helping you protect your vision and enjoy a clear, bright world.

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