Cataract Care from Your Bixby and Okmulgee Optometrist
Although cataracts rank first among the causes of blindness, a diagnosis is sometimes a shock. Symptoms often develop so gradually that a patient is unaware of a cataract until it is advanced. Our doctors of optometry in Bixby and Okmulgee, OK, stress the need for regular vision exams at The Eye Center for early detection.
What Are Cataracts?
Although often associated with aging, cataracts sometimes develop in children and young adults. It is impossible to prevent those related to age.
The function of an eye’s lens is to focus light on the retina. A cataract, which is a collection of protein on the lens, causes a scattering of light that prevents the lens from focusing correctly.
Some individuals are unaware of a cataract until it enlarges to the point of blocking light. However, typical symptoms include:
- Increasing difficulty seeing after dark
- Hazy or blurry vision
- Increased sensitivity to glare, especially when driving at night
- Alternations in refractive measurements
- Reduced intensity of colors
Beyond aging, other factors can play a role in cataract formation:
- UV radiation exposure
- Specific medications
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Alcohol consumption
Cataracts sometimes develop in only one eye. When they form in both, the rates at which they grow might be significantly different.
How Our Optometric Practice Can Help
We screen each patient in our practice for the presence of cataracts. A positive diagnosis occurs after assessing a variety of information, such as the patient’s history, measurements of visual acuity, and eye refractions. Our optometrist examines the retina and the lens of each eye and takes eye pressure measurements. Tests to evaluate sensitivity to glare and color vision are also important.
Our staff follows a customized eye care plan for each cataract patient based on the current level of visual impairment. Ultimately, the only cure is removal of the lens.
We begin treatment as soon as a cataract affects vision. It is possible to stop or at least slow development with the use of medicated drops. As visual needs change, we revise prescriptions for corrective lenses and sometimes recommend special lens coatings.
We also provide advice on devices to help with daily activities. When it is time to replace the lens with an artificial one, we provide a surgical referral.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Care Doctor
Scheduling regular professional eye care services is the key to protecting vision. Our doctors of optometry, Dr. James Ward and Dr. David Hall, provide personal service and care for all ages in the Bixby and Okmulgee areas. To schedule an exam at The Eye Center location convenient for you, call our Bixby office (918-369-3937) or our Okmulgee location 918-369-3937.