Understanding Cataracts

As an optometrist at Pixel Eye Care Centre, I am often asked about cataracts by my patients. Cataracts are a common eye condition that affects many people, especially as they age. In this article, I will explain what cataracts are, what causes them, and how they are treated. Additionally, I will provide an overview of the optometric services we offer at Pixel Eye Care Centre to help patients manage their eye health.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. This clouding occurs when the proteins in the lens begin to break down and clump together, causing the lens to become opaque or cloudy. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes and can develop slowly over time, affecting vision in various ways.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts can develop for a variety of reasons. Some people may be born with them, while others may develop them later in life. The most common cause of cataracts is the natural aging process. Other factors that can contribute to the development of cataracts include:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Eye injuries or diseases
  • Genetics

Symptoms of cataracts

Symptoms of cataracts can vary from person to person and can develop gradually or rapidly. Some common symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Need for brighter light when reading or performing other tasks
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Fading or yellowing of colors

Treatment for cataracts

The only way to treat cataracts is through surgery. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This is a safe and effective procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis.

At Pixel Eye Care Centre, we offer pre and post-operative care for cataract surgery. Our team of experienced optometrists will work with you to ensure a smooth and successful outcome from your cataract surgery.

Optometric services at Pixel Eye Care Centre At Pixel Eye Care Centre, we offer a wide range of optometric services to help our patients maintain healthy eyes and clear vision. Some of the services we provide include:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Contact lens fittings and prescriptions
  • Treatment of eye diseases and conditions
  • LASIK co-management
  • Dry eye treatment
  • Pediatric eye care

We believe that every patient deserves personalized care that is tailored to their unique needs. That's why we take the time to get to know each of our patients and their specific concerns. Whether you need a routine eye exam or specialized treatment for a specific condition, we are here to help.

In conclusion, cataracts are a common eye condition that can affect anyone. While they can be a nuisance, they are treatable through surgery. At Pixel Eye Care Centre, we offer pre and post-operative care for cataract surgery as well as a range of other optometric services to help our patients maintain healthy eyes and clear vision. If you have any concerns about your vision or eye health, please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists.

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