You may remember seeing a cat as child with eyes that were foggy and glazed over, only to think that the cat maybe belonged to a witch. And although that cat may have in fact belonged to a witch, their eye condition was caused by cataracts. Cataracts are an eye disease that cause your eyes to become foggy, glazed over, and can eventually lead to blindness. Often caused by old age, cataracts are something that everyone should be tested for at their yearly eye exam. If you suspect you have cataracts, follow the protocol below:
- Get An Eye Exam
There’s no real way to determine if you have cataracts unless you get an eye exam by a professional. During your eye exam, your doctor will look at both the inside and outside of the eye in order to see if and what damage has been caused. If your doctor does diagnose you with cataracts, there are several treatment options you can undergo.
- Seek Treatment Options
Unfortunately there are no medications or prescription eyedrops to help prevent the spread of cataracts. However, your doctor may recommend that you wear some prescription glasses in order to help slow down the effects of cataracts.
If left untreated and if advanced enough, your ophthalmologist may recommend that you get cataract surgery. During this form of surgery, the lens will be removed from your eye and replaced with an artificial lens instead. This artificial lense will act as a sort of permanent contact lens to help you see properly. After surgery and during recovery, you will be asked to wear some sort of protective lenses to shield your eyes from the sun while they properly heal. However, after a couple of days, you should be able to notice the healing process has begun and start to feel like yourself once again.
Because cataracts are caused by old age, there really is no substantial cure for this eye disease. However, by getting yearly eye exams and seeking necessary treatment options, you can help to get your vision back to where it’s supposed to be.
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