Cataracts Specialist

Primary Eyecare Associates

Optometrists located in Sterling Heights, MI

Cataracts cause a milky discoloration of your eye lens that can gradually dim and even steal your vision. They're the most common cause of vision loss in the United States today. Although cataracts are a serious problem, they don't have to interfere with your vision if you get proper eye care. At Primary Eyecare Associates in Troy, Michigan, their team of optometrists offers expert cataract diagnosis and treatment that's focused on helping you experience crystal-clear vision. Book your appointment online or by calling the office today.

Cataracts Q&A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts describe a clouding of your eye lenses, which are normally clear. You can have cataracts in one or both eyes. They’re a very common effect of aging. At least half of all men and women in America have a cataract by age 75.

Cataracts typically grow slowly, often over decades. You might develop cataracts in your 50s, but not show any obvious symptoms until you’re in your 70s or even later.

Why do cataracts develop?

Cataracts usually develop when naturally occurring protein deposits in your eye start to clump together as you age. This triggers the cloudy look and limits the light that gets through your lens to cause blurriness, dimness, or other vision issues.

Although it’s far less common, cataracts can also show up after some trauma to the eye. Some babies are born with cataracts. Cataracts can also develop following radiation exposure.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

You might not have symptoms at first, but eventually, cataracts will cause symptoms that include:

  • Hazy or cloudy vision
  • Colors look faded
  • Glare in sunlight and sometimes with bright indoor lighting
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Yellow tint to everything in your visual field

It’s also common for cataract sufferers to need prescription changes more often than they did before. You might need new eyeglasses or contacts after every comprehensive eye exam if you suffer from cataracts.

How can I preserve my vision when I have cataracts?

Your Primary Eyecare Associates provider makes customized suggestions based on the severity of your cataracts and how they’re affecting your life. If your cataracts aren’t causing any major issues, you might not need cataract surgery right away.

Your provider can recommend that you wear quality sunglasses, avoid smoking, and take antioxidant vitamins to slow the growth of your cataracts. You can also make minor lifestyle adjustments like using brighter lighting and a magnifier to read.

Cataract removal surgery is usually the best treatment if your cataracts keep you from reading, driving, or doing other essential activities. Your Primary Eyecare Associates provider works with local ophthalmologists who can perform your cataract-removal surgery, and they co-manage your care to help you transition into a cataract-free life.

To get the best in cataract diagnosis and care, call Primary Eyecare Associates or book your appointment online today.