Cataracts

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Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates

Pittsburgh's Most Reliable, Local Ophthalmologists, located in Natrona Heights, PA

Cataract is the term used to describe opacification of the lens in the eye. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataracts are areas that distort light as it passes through the lens of the eye. The most common type of cataract is age-related. As we get older, protein in the lens of our eyes can clump together and cloud the lens, which is located behind the iris and the pupil. The lens is responsible for focusing light and producing sharp images.

At Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates, we provide a full range of routine and advanced eye care services to meet the changing needs of your vision. Beyond eye care, we treat each patient with the utmost respect and compassion. We are conveniently located along the Freeport Road in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. Call 724-224-4240 or book an appointment online!

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FAQs on Cataracts:

 

What causes Cataract?

Many people have been told that nothing can be done about cataracts that they are a natural effect of the aging process but experts now finding out that dietary changes, including consumption of lutein, may have a significant impact on risk reduction. It is a multifactorial trait with both genetic and environmental components. An association has also been found between cataract and certain systemic and syndromic conditions. Genetic causes of cataracts are:

  • Diabetes
  • Down's syndrome. A genetic disorder having an extra copy of chromosome 21
  • Turner syndrome. A genetic disorder with a complete or partial absence of one of their X (sex) chromosomes

The environmental factors are also associated with cataract development. Drugs such as corticosteroids have been linked to congenital and age-related cataract. Ultraviolet light and diabetes have been shown to contribute to age-related cataracts. Cataract development has also been linked to smokingCataracts are often discovered during routine optometric examination and usually shows no sign.

 

What are the Beginning Signs of cataracts?

Cataracts form slowly and typically cause no pain and it can occur in both eyes. The beginning signs are a blurry vision as if you couldn't make out road signs even with your glasses on. In addition to blurriness, common symptoms of cataracts are reduced night vision, problems with glare, frequent eyeglass prescription changes, impaired depth perception, and color distortion. 

 

Can cataracts cause blindness?

If left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness. According to the World Health Organization, cataract is one of the major causes of preventable blindness.

 

When is Cataract Surgery Needed?

When cataracts interfere with your daily activities, surgery may be recommended to remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial one. Cataract surgery is safe and extremely effective in restoring clear vision. Cataract surgery has an overall success rate of about 98 percent.

 

How to Prevent the Progression of Cataract?

Antioxidant properties of vitamins C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin may protect against the development of cataracts. For some people with cataracts, a stronger eyeglass prescription may be all that's needed. Keep up with regular eye appointments and talk with us about how cataracts affect your ability to work, read, and take part in other routine activities.

 

How Long does Cataract Surgery Last?

Cataract surgery can sometimes be done in less than 30 minutes on an outpatient basis. The cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear, plastic intraocular lens. 

 

Can Cataracts be Cured?

There is no way to prevent cataracts from forming. Luckily, cataract surgery is the only effective way to treat it. 

 

If you have been experiencing vision changes, schedule an eye exam right away to find out if you have a cataract. If you’re suffering from vision loss due to cataracts or if you would like to know more about the condition, our expert ophthalmologists at Allegheny Ophthalmology can help you regain your vision. Call our Natrona Heights office or book an appointment using the easy online booking tool today.

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