Cataracts are a widespread eye health condition that affects around 90% of Americans over the age of 65. At Advanced Eyecare of Orange County, in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California, board-certified ophthalmologist Kim Doan, MD, and her team offer state-of-the-art treatments for cataracts including laser-assisted surgery and premium refractive intraocular lenses. If you’re concerned about cataracts, call Advanced Eyecare of Orange County today or schedule a consultation online.
You have a lens in each eye that focuses light onto your retina. Cataracts form when the proteins in your lenses break down and make the lense filmy or cloudy.
Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. However, your risk increases if you have a family history of cataracts or if you have certain health issues, such as diabetes. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time outdoors without sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, your chances of developing cataracts increase.
Cataracts impact the clarity of your vision as the clouding in your intraocular lens prevents it from accurately focusing light onto your retina. Some of the common signs of cataracts include:
In most cases, cataracts develop slowly, and you might not have noticeable symptoms for several years. For example, some people begin to develop cataracts around the age of 40 but don’t experience a change in their vision until after they turn 60.
The team at Advanced Eyecare of Orange County offers comprehensive eye exams that include slit-lamp tests and retinal scans that can reveal cataracts. Your ophthalmologist can identify early signs of cataracts before you notice changes in your vision. You can slow the development of cataracts by wearing sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays.
If you have cataracts, the team at Advanced Eyecare of Orange County monitors your vision and the development of your cataracts with annual eye exams. They help you manage the early stages of cataracts with prescription lenses. They may also recommend using a bright light for reading or other activities.
However, once your cataracts have progressed to the point where your vision suffers, your ophthalmologist can provide surgery to replace your cloudy lens with a replacement refractive intraocular lens.
Advanced Eyecare of Orange County uses laser-assisted cataract surgery for precise incisions and lens replacements. The ophthalmologists use premium refractive intraocular lenses, including ReSTOR® and Crystalens®.
Call Advanced Eyecare of Orange County or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about cataracts.