Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lenses, which lie behind the iris and pupil. The lens helps in focusing light onto the eye’s retina, the sensitive lining at the back of the eye. It also adjusts the natural eye’s focus, helping us to see things clearly from both up close and far away. At Wilkinson Eye Center of Pontiac and Clarkston, MI, patients can undergo an evaluation to get a proper diagnosis and discuss treatment options, including cataract surgery.
Will I know if I have cataracts?
Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb vision early on. Over time, however, they will become larger and thicker, causing blurred or dimmed vision. Some may even cause complete blindness. This is why it is essential that patients have regular eye examinations to evaluate their eye health and catch the earliest signs of cataracts and other eye diseases before they show symptoms.
Who is at risk of developing cataracts?
Cataracts are prevalent in older adults. By the age of 80, over half of all Americans, both men and women, either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
What can I expect from cataract surgery?
You can expect improved vision and a decrease in the need for corrective lenses after cataract surgery. Most people report satisfaction with their vision following surgery. Keep in mind that cataract surgery is not perfect, and you may still need to use glasses or contact lenses for some activities. During your surgical consultation, your eye physician will talk to you about the risks of surgery and determine if they are outweighed by the benefits.
You can also expect some short-term side effects after surgery, such as:
- Soreness and irritation in your eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Blurry vision
These side effects are typically both mild and temporary. You should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.
Schedule an initial evaluation with the team at Wilkinson Eye Center
If you have any questions or concerns about cataract surgery, be sure to talk to the physicians at Wilkinson Eye Center of Clarkston and Pontiac, MI. Our providers are available to assist in educating you about your option after a diagnosis of cataracts. Call 248-334-4931 to request an appointment.