Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates
Pittsburgh's Most Reliable, Local Ophthalmologists, located in Natrona Heights, PA
Our experienced eye care professionals can help you diagnose the symptoms of Cataracts and assist in treating this condition throughout Pittsburgh, PA. Book your appointment online today!
Cataract is the term used to describe opacification of the lens in the eye. It is the (opens in a new tab). 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!
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 (opens in a new tab), 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:
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Cataracts form slowly and (opens in a new tab) and it can occur in both eyes. The beginning signs are a (opens in a new tab) 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.
If left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness. According to the World Health Organization, cataract is one of the major causes of (opens in a new tab).
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 (opens in a new tab) in restoring clear vision. Cataract surgery has an overall success rate of about 98 percent.
(opens in a new tab) 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.
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.
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.