June Is Cataract Awareness Month
June is Cataract Awareness Month and all month long, Drexel Medicine will be exploring this condition to help you better understand it. Every week, a new health story delves into different areas of cataract disease, including how it is diagnosed, who gets it and how it is treated.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that affects vision. While cataracts are generally age-related, they can occasionally be present at birth, a condition known as a congenital cataract.
People with cataracts often describe having blurry or double vision, a strong glare, or difficulty seeing at night. Surgery is the only available treatment for removal, although it is typically not necessary. However, a cataract can lead to additional eye problems, so consult your ophthalmologist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
As we age…
Adult cataracts develop slowly and painlessly, and early diagnosis is important for maintaining good eye heath. Mild clouding of the lens often occurs after age 60 with few vision problems, but by age 75, most people with cataracts have symptoms that do affect their vision.
Visual problems that may be associated with cataracts include:
- Being sensitive to glare
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
- Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light
- Double vision
- Loss of color intensity
- Problems seeing shapes against a background or the difference between shades of colors
- Seeing halos around lights
A standard eye exam and slit-lamp examination is used to diagnose cataracts.
Drexel Eye Physicians
Drexel Eye Physicians provides outstanding eye care and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, while adhering to the highest standards of patient care.
In addition to general eye care and cataracts, Drexel Eye Physicians also specializes in cataract surgery, cornea and external disease, retina and vitreous care, and contact lens evaluations. Modern laser technology is available for the most difficult surgical procedures.
To make an appointment, please call 1-866-DREXEL-2.