No matter your age, you’ve probably heard of older folks complaining or worrying about cataracts. Almost everyone will develop cataracts – the increase of cloudiness in your lens – as they get older. If you notice blurry vision, decreased quality in night vision, or are seeing halos around light sources, please visit one of our optometrists at our Lloydminster clinic. Cataracts can develop without redness or pain, and can come on very quickly or gradually, so they are not always easy to detect.
While we are not entirely sure how to prevent cataracts, you can slow cataract growth by wearing UV protection such as sunglasses and eating foods rich in antioxidants such as blueberries and dark green veggies. If you discover that you have a cataract, there are several treatment options, such as wearing a prescribed lens in the earlier, milder stages of a cataract and undergoing cataract surgery if it becomes serious. Your optometrist can you refer you to a qualified eye surgeon called an ophthalmologist who will then remove the cloudy lens from your eye and replace it with an implant. There are both benefits and risks associated with cataract surgery, so be sure to discuss with your optometrist and ophthalmologist before choosing this option.