One of the most common eye problems that people face in their later years is cataracts. A cataract can occur for many reasons, but in every case, it involves the accumulation and clumping together of the proteins inside the lens of the eye. This causes the lens of the eye, which is usually clear, to become opaque and cloudy, impairing the vision of a patient. The team at our Puerto Rico LASIK surgery center has helped many patients who have cataracts achieve better vision. Let’s take a moment to look at some common causes of cataracts and the ways that cataracts can be treated.
Some of the most common causes of cataracts include advanced age, injuries involving blunt trauma, injuries involving puncture of the lens, diabetes, hereditary problems, overexposure to UV light, steroids, smoking, and radiation exposure.
Some of the most common symptoms of Puerto Rico cataracts include clouding of the vision, desaturated colors, blurry vision, issues with glare on objects, and acute nearsightedness (myopia). It’s important that you get your eyes checked at the doctor’s office during your annual exam so that any possible signs of cataracts forming can be detected.
Now as far as treating cataracts goes, your main option is cataract surgery. Cataract surgery will involve the breaking up of the cloudy lens of the eye and the removal of the lens. Your eye surgeon will then replace your lens with a clear artificial lens which will not become cloudy or opaque. By doing this, optimal vision will be achieved. It should be noted that following cataract surgery, it is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care in order to avoid any potential complications of the surgery.
If you or someone that you love has cataracts, we encourage you to contact our LASIK surgery center in the Virgin Islands. During a consultation, we will be able to figure out the best possible treatment for you and your needs or for your loved one’s needs.