Dealing with Progressing Cataract Symptoms

For many of us Cataracts can be a discouraging diagnosis. Although it is a inherited condition and you may know someone who has suffered from it, the disease affects us all differently. Descriptions of the progression by eye doctors can be vague to say the least. Actually being faced with it can be more bothersome than described.

As Cataracts progresses it causes more visual disturbances such as:

  • Difficulty reading computer screen
  • Declined brightness of colors
  • Difficulty seeing in low light
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Frequent prescription updates.

Increased blurred vision can also be an annoying factor in the progression. This can hinder your day to day activities causing you to feel more unlike yourself.

Below are some two tips to help you deal with the increasing symptoms:

Get plenty of rest:

Sleep helps reduce the strain on your eyes, as well as improving your overall vision. For those of us who struggle with busy work schedules, adding in a sufficient amount of time to sleep will improve not only your overall vision but your overall health and its function.

Increase the magnification on what you read:

If you are struggling to view your computer screen or books increasing the size on the computer or using a magnifying lens will help you strain less, reducing your symptoms for the time being. The more your strain your vision the more you can damage your sight. Ensuring your vision lasts as long as possible by reducing the amount of strain on your eyes daily.

When to seek treatment:

If you are noticing significant impact on your daily activities, such as driving, reading or doing tasks around the house or office, it is time to discuss with you eye care doctor the option of cataract removal.  Cataract removal is a relatively quick 10 minute out-patient procedure.  Cataract removal is one of the most common procedures performed everyday in the United States.  The benefit is improved vision and often the ability to reduce your need for glasses.

Be sure to report any new symptoms to your eye care professionals, and let them know what your day to day experiences are like. This will help them customize your treatment plan and give them a chance to offer you suggestion that maybe beneficial to you and your long term plan.

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Cataracts & Macular Degeneration

There are several people suffering from both Cataracts and Macular Degeneration today. Both conditions are degenerative to the eye and can cause severe visual loss. Their only real difference is what visual areas are affected by each condition.

Cataracts:

In Cataracts the vision is affected slowly over time as the internal lens becomes cloudy. In some cases of Cataracts the vision can decline quickly over six months to a year.

Symptoms:

 Blurred Vision
 Increased trouble with night vision
 Increased sensitivity to light
 Halos or Spots
 Double Vision
 Difficulty reading paperwork even with reading glasses
 Decline in brightness of colors

Macular Degeneration:

Macular Degeneration is also a progressive condition generally affecting those who are 50 plus. The most common form is Age-related Macular Degeneration [or AMD]. This condition affects the area of the retina that controls the central vision field or the macula. The Macula covers 2.1 % of the retina. It controls your ability to recognize faces, separate dark from light colors, etc.

Symptoms

 Visual acuity drastically decreasing
 Blurred vision
 Usual shadows or missing areas within vision

Exam findings:

 Drusen
 Pigmentary Atecutions
 Exudative changes, hemorrhages in eye
 Atrophy Incipient and geographic

Having one of the above conditions can be managed with proper care. However, not having regular eye exams can pose problems later as they work to interrupt vision. This can cause a severe decline of vision and can lead to severe vision loss.

Our eyes need help as we age and making sure that you take care of them and get a yearly eye exam will ensure your vision stays with you.

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Risk Factors of Cataracts

It is said that Diabetes is the second leading reason for developing cataracts in the United States. So what’s the number one reason? Age. It is a fact that by age 75 about 70% of Americans will have cataracts that will affect their daily life. That is quite a big number. And what can we do about it. Reduce the risk factors as much as possible and get regular check ups to protect your vision.

Below are some risk factors for Cataracts:

Risk Factors:

 Age
 Diabetes
 Smoking
 Obesity
 Medications [Such as Corticosteroids or Prolonged use of steriods]
 Chemotherapy

Although Cataracts is typically a slowly progressive disease and can generally be caught soon. In some people for instance those with Diabetes it can progress rapidly. It is always best to get your eyes examined whenever you see changes in vision. It could mean your vision if its not taken care of properly.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in Cataracts Surgery and other vision correction procedures, such as LASIK or Visian ICL.

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