Nearly 25 million men and women will have a cataract by the time they reach their 40s, and that number will increase with age. Although cataracts are common, they can be treated with a straightforward surgical procedure. At G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, in Pahrump, Nevada, we offer complete pre-op and post-op cataract care, as well as eye exams designed to identify and assess cataracts, even in their early stages. If you're at risk for cataracts, having an exam is important for maintaining good vision. Call the office, or use our online tool to schedule your exam today.
Cataract is a term used to describe a condition that causes your eye’s natural lens to become clouded. The lens is located behind your pupil. Light passing through your eye passes through the clear lens before it reaches the retina.
If you have a cataract, that means your natural lens is no longer clear but has become cloudy. As a result, it’s much more difficult for light to reach your retina, and that means your vision will be dim or blurry. As the cataract progresses, you’ll be able to see less and less through that eye.
Cataracts form when the natural proteins in the eye’s lens begin to clump together and cause cloudiness and opacity. Older age is the most common cause of cataracts, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports about half of people over the age of 80 will have at least one cataract. Other factors associated with cataracts include:
In rare cases, cataracts may be present at birth, usually as a result of an infection the mother contracts during pregnancy.
The most common symptom associated with cataracts is a dimming of vision over time. Images will appear less clear, and it will be more difficult to see in dimly lit environments. Colors may appear less vibrant, and many people have problems with night vision, especially when driving. As the cataract continues to form, these symptoms will become more pronounced.
In the early stages of cataracts, using magnifying lenses and brighter lights can help to compensate for minor vision issues, but eventually, the cataract will need to be removed, and an artificial lens will be put in its place. Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and it’s one of the most common types of surgery performed in the United States.
As a leading optometry practice in Nevada, our eye doctors perform in-depth exams to determine if and when cataract surgery is recommended, providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment. Plus, we offer referrals to top-rated eye surgeons in the area so you can feel confident in your care.
Before and after your surgery, we’ll be in touch with your surgeon to coordinate your care and to provide you with the follow-up services you need after your surgery for greater convenience and peace of mind.