Cataracts Austin, TX
Cataracts are incredibly common. In fact, more than half of all people have at least one cataract by age 60. And while not all cataracts become large enough to affect vision, many people with cataracts find it difficult to drive, read, and perform other tasks.
Our Austin optometrist staff happily provides advanced cataract diagnosis and treatment for people of all ages. Learn more.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract happens when the clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy. This happens due to structural changes in the fibers inside the lens tissue. Advancing age is a leading risk factor, although even children and infants can develop cataracts, often due to congenital conditions.
Other risk factors for cataracts include long-term use of some medications, smoking, exposure to pollutants and UV radiation, a history of eye trauma or surgery, and certain health conditions like diabetes.
Leading Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes. They usually develop slowly, which means there aren’t symptoms early on.
If a cataract becomes big enough, it can lead to symptoms like:
- Blurry vision
- Impaired night vision or color vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Seeing “halos” around bright lights
Cataract Diagnosis and Treatment
Cataracts are diagnosed on comprehensive eye exams. While they can’t be cured, cataracts can be removed in a simple outpatient procedure and replaced with a clear replacement lens. Our Austin optometry staff provides essential pre- and post-operative care for anyone undergoing cataract-removal surgery.
Additional services, like low vision aids and prescription eyewear, help compensate for vision loss caused by cataracts.
Concerned About Cataracts?
If you live near Austin, TX, and would like to meet with an eye doctor to discuss your vision and eye concerns, we encourage you to contact Northwest Hills Eye Care today at (512) 328-0555.