Cataracts

The development of cataracts can be so subtle that sufferers do not realize that they have this disorder. In fact, it affects more than 24 million U.S. adults who are at least 40. Around half of all Americans have it by age 75. Our Eyes First Vision Center optometry team includes 16 doctors highly skilled in cataract diagnosis and care. Best of all, we have 10 New Jersey offices to serve your needs: Bricktown, Eatontown, Hazlet, Manahawkin, Manchester, Matawan, Middletown, Red Bank, Sea Girt, and Toms River.

Cataract Overview

A cataract represents a clouding of an eye lens, making things look murky. This makes it harder for you to drive a car at night and to read. In an early stage, a cataract usually does not disturb your eyesight. 

Eventually, you might notice:

  • Objects with a blurred or dimmed appearance
  • More problems seeing after dark
  • Light sensitivity and glare issues
  • Halos surrounding lights
  • Need for increasingly brighter light to read
  • Seeing double
  • Colors appear faded or yellowed
  • Need for frequent prescription changes in eyewear

Our doctors note that as a cataract enlarges, it clouds a bigger portion of a lens. This causes more obvious symptoms as distortion increases while light travels through the lens.

A number of factors can cause a cataract. The two most common are aging and injury to a lens. Others include prior ocular surgery, medical disorders like diabetes, use of medications such as steroids long-term, and other visual problems.

Most of our Eyes First Vision Center patients develop a cataract in both eyes. However, visual differences often occur because one cataract enlarges faster than the other does.

Our optometric specialists should see cataract patients regularly to help them decide when it’s time to consider cataract surgery to improve the quality of life and to help them enjoy regular activities more.

The Importance of a Vision Exam

Our eye doctors want our patients, particularly seniors, to enjoy optimal health. One crucial component of care is a regular vision exam. These exams help detect a cataract and other sight issues when they are still in their early stages. 

Until you are ready for surgery, our optometrists can update your eyewear prescription and offer helpful tips on sight aids such as special lighting.

Call Our Optometry Team to Schedule an Examination for Cataracts

Our optometry team is here to help protect your eye health. You can choose from 10 offices for a consultation: Bricktown, Eatontown, Hazlet, Manahawkin, Manchester, Matawan, Middletown, Red Bank, Sea Girt, and Toms River. Call us today at (866) 393-7347 for more information on services and our new client special.

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