Frequently Asked Questions About Cataracts at Redding Eyecare Center

Nobody likes to think about the prospect of developing cataracts, much less receive a diagnosis of cataracts. But this eye disease is extremely common, so it only makes sense to learn what you can about it. Here are some frequently asked questions about cataracts at Redding Eyecare Center.

What Is a Cataract?

A cataract is an accumulation of lens proteins that block incoming light from entering the eye. These lenses normally exist in the lens in an arrangement that doesn’t interfere with the passage of light. But when the proteins clump together, they form a white-colored barrier to clear vision.

Are There Different Kinds of Cataracts?

The main type of cataract developed by most people are called nuclear cataracts; they develop toward the front center portion of the lens. Another type of cataract known as a subcapsular cataract develops toward the rear-facing side of the lens. The third type of cataract known as a cortical cataract grows from the outside of the lens inward in radial “spokes.”

What Causes Cataracts to Form?

Nuclear cataracts are generally age-related, promoted by decades of UV exposure. (Abnormally high amounts of UV can cause cataracts to grow more rapidly.) Cortical and subcapsular cataracts are more often associated with steroid use and/or disease such as diabetes.

Who Is at Risk for Cataracts?

Apart from age and underlying diseases that promote cataract development, some of the leading risk factors for cataract development are smoking, alcohol abuse, excess weight, previous eye surgery or injury, extreme nearsightedness, high blood pressure, and a family history of cataracts.

How Do Cataracts Affect Eyesight?

Cataracts may cause a few vision problems at first. Eventually, you may see strange, radiating patterns around light sources. you may also be experiencing blurred vision, poor night vision, and reduced color vision. untreated cataracts can cause blindness.

How Does Your Eye Care Center Identify Cataracts?

Our eye care center uses techniques such as slit lamp testing to view the front of the eye, revealing issues such as cataracts. Standard vision tests your account of symptoms can help confirm a diagnosis.

Do I Always Need Surgery for Cataracts?

Some cataracts don’t develop to the point where surgery is necessary. We can optimize your vision with corrective lenses and anti-glare lens coatings. We’ll also recommend lifestyle changes to slow your cataracts’ progression. If surgery becomes necessary, we’ll co-manage your procedure to make sure you’re recovering nicely.

Get All the Facts at Our Redding Optometry Clinic

The earlier you catch those lurking cataracts, the sooner you can start minimizing their effects on your life. Call our Redding optometry center at (530) 222-1233 for an exam!