Cataracts Affect More than Just Vision

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cataracts Affect More than Just Vision

“When patients think about how cataracts affect them they typically relate their symptoms to complaints like blurry vision, cloudy vision, glare, difficulty night driving and other vision symptoms,” shared Francis D’Ambrosio Jr., M.D. “But, what we consider for each and every patient with cataracts is that poor vision in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline. Further, the challenges reduced vision creates in terms of mobility and safety can also put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture. So, helping seniors restore vision with cataract surgery and lens implants has an important place in securing senior health, well being, mobility, safety and mental state,” Dr. D’Ambrosio explained.

August is noted as Cataract Awareness Month. Today there are some 20 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans over 65 have some degree of cataract development. In fact cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss among seniors.

What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. Cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye. Initially, a cataract may start out slowly and have little effect on vision. Over time as the cataract becomes denser, so does its effect on vision.

Symptoms of Cataracts
The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can include blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions.

When cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with your comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. Today, we have a full range of lens implants available that allow us to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision focusing problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients.

If you or someone you know has questions about cataracts, cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery or lens implants please schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 that serve the greater Boston, central and western Massachusetts.