Understanding Cataracts

Cataracts are an issue that tends to occur as a person ages. Generally, they start slowly, so you might not even know you have a cataract until it progresses and interferes with your vision significantly. H. Arnold Papernick OD is one of the Mt. Pleasant Optometrists in the area who can identify cataracts and refer to an Ophthalmologist for consultation and possible removal. 


What Are Cataracts?

The progressive clouding of the eye's lens is known as cataracts. Anyone can experience cataracts, whether they have excellent vision or wear corrective lenses. If you think you have cataracts, you need to make an appointment with our eye doctor right away.

What Symptoms Are Associated with Cataracts?

Symptoms of cataracts come on gradually, making the condition difficult to diagnose without regular eye exams. The key signs of cataracts to watch for include:

  • Yellowish tint in the eye
  • Depth perception loss
  • Difficulty seeing distance
  • Light sensitivity
  • Visual distortions
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty driving at night

These symptoms are not always easy to spot. That's why it's so essential to see our eye doctor regularly, so we can diagnose this condition early on before symptoms set in.

Why Should You Treat Cataracts?

Treating cataracts is important, as your vision can worsen over time. Cataracts impact many aspects of your life, including your ability to drive or read. Over time, your vision could completely decline.

Who Is at Risk of Cataracts?

Some people are at higher risk for cataracts. People who are at higher risk include:

  • People over the age of 50
  • Smokers
  • People with diabetes

Your eye doctor may recommend that you reduce lifestyle factors that could impact the development of cataracts.

How Do You Get Treatment for Cataracts?

Cataract treatment involves a small incision made on the front surface of the eye, either with a scalpel or a laser. The affected lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one.

Is Cataract Surgery Safe?

Every surgery has its risks, and it is important that you speak with our eye doctor to ensure you feel comfortable with the surgery. Choosing an experienced eye doctor can make a significant difference in your cataract treatment and recovery.

Visit Our Mt. Pleasant Optometrist for Quality Eye Care

H. Arnold Papernick OD can help diagnose and manage your cataracts. If you are looking for professional eye care in Mt Pleasant, call our office to learn more about our diagnostic and treatment options.