Clear vision is made possible by your eyes’ ability to refract light properly, and an interference with that refraction can lead to blurry or even total loss of vision. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that obstructs light and impairs vision, and it’s a condition that affects many adult and aging Americans. If you or someone you know suffers from cataracts, talk to your ophthalmologist to learn more about the causes of and treatment for cataracts, including cataract surgery.
- Causes of Cataracts: While doctors are unclear of the exact cause of cataracts, several factors do seem to contribute to the condition. Exposure to UV light or radiation, diabetes, hypertension, and previous eye trauma can all affect the proteins that make up your eye’s natural lens and help it to focus light, increasing your likelihood of developing cataracts. While cataracts are not uncommon among adult Americans, developing them at an early age could indicate a genetic correlation.
- Treatments for Cataracts: Cataracts can lead to total blindness if left untreated, but early treatment can restore vision. During cataract surgery, Dr. Gerstein will remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial one. The advanced technology in many of today’s artificial lenses allow for not only clear vision but also reduced dependency on glasses or bifocals.
- Preventing Cataracts: Affecting around 60% of adult Americans, cataracts can seem inevitable. Doctors suggest, though, that making certain lifestyle choices could reduce your risk of developing cataracts. Protect your eyes by attending regular eye exams with Dr. Gerstein, wearing sunglasses with UV protection, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Addressing underlying medical conditions and quitting smoking, for example, can also enhance your overall and ocular health.
For more information on preventing and treating cataracts, please visit the Gerstein Eye Institute. One of the leading eye centers in Chicago and Illinois, the Gerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care. To schedule a consultation please call us at (773) 973-3223.