Cataracts are caused by protein build-up on the lens of the eye, causing a yellow like a cloud over the eye, which can cause blurred vision and in some cases blindness if left untreated. Most of the time cataracts happen over time and come with old age, however, they can also appear when the eye endures an injury or after eye surgery. Cataracts can also be present at birth; this is a rare occasion called Deprivation amblyopia (see amblyopia tab for more information). They can also be caused by health issues such as diabetes, glaucoma, or certain prescription medications. Smokers have a higher chance of developing cataracts, along with abuse of alcohol.
Symptoms you might notice are blurred vision, sensitivity to light, poor vision in dim or low light settings, a “halo” around bright lights or faded or washed out colors. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to talk to your doctor.
Treatment is based on the severity of the cataract, not all patients with this condition need surgery. In some cases, it could be as simple as adjusting the prescription and adding treatments, such as an anti-glare treatment, to help reduce symptoms of glare. When the cataract presents a problem for the patient to perform everyday activities, surgery may be needed.
Cataract surgery is now one of the safest and more effective procedures in the United States. Approximately 90% of patients report better overall vision after surgery.
We work closely with doctors in the Sikeston, Poplar Bluff, and St. Louis areas who we recommend for cataract surgeries. We have you come into our office, run a series of tests and examinations to conclude if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery. We then refer you to one of our doctors (unless you request a specific doctor) in a location that you have agreed with, we call and set up the consultation for you and from there you will speak with that surgeon to discuss payment plans, dates and they also go over what to expect for surgery.
After your surgery, in most cases, you come back to our office so we can test your vision and check the overall health of the eye after the procedure. We follow up with you 1-10 days after surgery.