Cataracts Specialist

Galleria Vision Center

Optometry located in Dallas, TX

Cataracts affect more than 24 million people over 40 years of age. Youngson Joe, OD at Galleria Vision Center provides diagnostic, preventive, and curative treatments for men and women living with cataracts in the Dallas, Texas area. Through meticulous health evaluations, Dr. Joe helps her patients minimize the risks of vision loss and eliminate unwanted complications. Go online or call the office today to book an initial cataracts consultation.

Cataracts

Galleria Vision Center

What is a cataract?

A cataract occurs when the clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy. Think of it as looking through a fogged-up window that creates difficulty reading, driving, or distinguishing details around you.

In most cases, cataracts are a progressive condition, meaning that you might not notice their symptoms or feel their impact immediately. Over time, however, cataracts will inevitably impact your vision. There are multiple types of cataracts:

This type of cataract affects the center of your eye’s lens, creating nearsightedness along the way. Over time, your lens turns increasingly yellow or brown, clouds your vision, and can even make colors difficult to distinguish.

Cortical cataracts

Cortical cataracts impact the edges of your eye’s lens. They start off white and create wedge-shaped opacities on the edge of the lens. Eventually, these opacities will negatively impact the light passing through the center of the lens.    

Posterior subcapsular cataracts

Starting in the back of the lens, posterior subcapsular cataracts progress quickly and immediately block the path of light. This affects your reading vision, your ability to see in bright light, and may even generate halos around lights at night.

Congenital cataracts

As the name indicates, congenital cataracts refer to those you’re either born with or develop during childhood. These are often genetic or caused by an infection. Congenital cataracts don’t typically affect vision, though Dr. Joe recommends removing them if they start having adverse effects.  

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Cataracts might exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
  • Halo sightings
  • Night vision issues
  • Fluctuations in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

How is a cataract diagnosed?

During your initial exam with Dr. Joe, she reviews your medical history and symptoms. She may perform any of the following comprehensive tests:

  • Visual acuity test to measure your reading capacities
  • Slit-lamp exam to look closely at your cornea, iris, and lens
  • Retina exam to examine the back of your eye

How do you treat cataracts?

The most effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. You can speak with Dr. Joe about whether cataract surgery is right for you. There’s no rush to remove cataracts, though if you're experiencing severe vision, it might be your only option.

Surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial clear one. Galleria Vision Center performs these procedures in the office, allowing you to avoid the dreaded halls of a hospital.

Contact Galleria Vision Center today by phone or online to learn more about whether you might be affected by cataracts.